November 2008 Visa Bulletin: Minimal forward movement for EB Categories

The November 2008 Visa Bulletin, released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), show slight forward movement in the employment-based second and third category cutoff dates, except for the religious workers category which has become unavailable. EB2 remains current for all countries, except for India and China, which have moved forward by about two months each. India’s cutoff date is now June 1, 2003 and China is at June 1, 2004. EB3 category, which opened to severely retrogressed cutoff dates in the first visa bulletin of the new fiscal year i.e. October 2008, is showing some forward movement. The November Visa Bulletin will come into effect from November 1, 2008.

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORIES

Categories Worldwide China (PRC) India Mexico Philippines
1st Current Current Current Current Current
2nd Current 06-01-04 06-01-03 Current Current
3rd 05-01-05 02-01-02 10-01-01 09-01-02 05-01-05
Unskilled 01-15-03 01-15-03 01-15-03 01-15-03 01-15-03
4th Current Current Current Current Current
Religious Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
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 CATEGORIES

Categories Worldwide China (PRC) India Mexico Philippines
1st 05-01-02 05-01-02 05-01-02 09-15-92 05-01-93
2A 02-08-04 02-08-04 02-08-04 07-15-01 02-08-04
2B 01-15-00 01-15-00 01-15-00 04-22-92 06-15-97
3rd 07-01-00 07-01-00 07-01-00 09-15-92 05-08-91
4th 11-15-97 06-08-97 07-22-97 01-22-95 03-22-86
  • 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 November 2008 Visa Bulletin, makes no commitment in its future prediction. Rather, it is indicated that the cut off dates can continue to move either forward if demand remains steady but can start to retrogress at the slightest hint of increase in demand.