August 2008 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 leap for India and China

The July 2008 Visa Bulletin, released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), shows a significant advance in the EB-2 Cutoff dates for Indian and Mexico, 1st from July 2004 to 1st June 2006. On the downside the cut off dates for the unskilled category has become unavailable. Mexico’s F-2A numbers continue to be unavailable as well. The August Visa Bulletin will come into effect from August 1, 2008.

Employment Based Categories

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORIES

Categories Worldwide China (PRC) India Mexico Philippines
1st Current Current Current Current Current
2nd Current 06-01-06 06-01-06 Current Current
3rd Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Unskilled Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
4th Current Current Current Current Current
Religious Current Current Current Current Current
5th Current Current Current Current Current
  • 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)

Family Based Categories

FAMILY CATEGORIES

Categories Worldwide China (PRC) India Mexico Philippines
1st 03-15-02 03-15-02 03-15-02 08-08-92 03-22-93
2A 10-01-03 10-01-03 10-01-03 Unavailable 10-01-03
2B 11-01-99 11-01-99 11-01-99 04-15-92 03-15-97
3rd 06-08-00 06-08-00 06-08-00 09-08-92 04-01-91
4th 09-08-97 02-22-97 02-22-97 01-08-95 03-08-86

  • 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)

Predictions

The EB-3 ‘Other Worker’ category is going to remain “unavailable” for the remainder of FY-2008 and the cut-off date will start from 1st January 2003 in the next fiscal year starting October 2008.