May 2008 Visa Bulletin: EB categories show forward movement!

The May 2008 Visa Bulletin, released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), sows considerable forward movement in almost all employment based categories across the countries. The May Visa Bulletin will come into effect from May 1, 2008.

Employment Based Categories

• EB-1 (Priority Workers)
• EB-2 (Advanced Degrees Holders or Persons of Exceptional Ability)
• EB-3 (Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers)
• EB-4 (Special Immigrants)
• EB-5 (Immigrant Investors)

Categories Worldwide China (PRC) India Mexico Philippines
1st Current Current Current Current Current
2nd Current 01-01-04 01-01-04 Current Current
3rd 03-01-06 03-22-03 11-01-01 07-01-02 03-01-06
Unskilled 01-01-03 01-01-03 01-01-03 01-01-03 01-01-03
4th Current Current Current Current Current
Religious Current Current Current Current Current
5th Current Current Current Current Current

Family Based Categories

F – 1 (Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens)
• F – 2A (Spouses & Children)
• F – 2B (Unmarried Sons and Daughters)
• F – 3 (Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens)
• F – 4 (Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens)

Categories Worldwide China (PRC) India Mexico Philippines
1st 03-08-02 03-08-02 03-08-02 07-08-92 03-15-93
2A 06-08-03 06-08-03 06-08-03 05-01-02 06-08-03
2B 06-01-99 06-01-99 06-01-99 04-01-92 02-15-97
3rd 06-08-00 06-08-00 06-08-00 07-22-92 04-01-91
4th 08-08-97 01-15-97 01-01-97 12-15-94 03-08-86

Predictions
In family based categories, due to heavy demand in the Mexico F2A category, it’s likely that the dates will be severely retrogresses by June 2008.
We also see forward movement in many of the employment based categories in May. The bulletin explains this as due to an effort by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to maximize the use of numbers still available. Consequently, once USCIS finds the application exceeding the numbers, the numbers are mostly likely to retrogress, it will probably not happen before the last quarter of this fiscal year i.e.  August 2008.