December 12, 2007

JANUARY 2008 VISA BULLETIN

Today, the United States Department of State released the January 2008 Visa Bulletin. Slight changes have been made to the family-based categories, but a major change has been made to the employment-based 2nd preference for India.

Specifically, the EB-2 preference for India will move from January 1, 2002 to January 1, 2000. This change is apparently due to heavy applicant demand. The State Department also stated that “it is likely that the annual limit for this category will be reached within the next few months, at which time the category would become “unavailable” for the remainder of fiscal year 2008.” This means that within the next several months EB-2 for India may become unavailable for the rest of fiscal year 2008.

The visa bulletin can be found on the U.S. State Department website, which is available at http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_3897.html.


U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT VISA BULLETIN

JANUARY 2008

(COURTESY OF THE LAW OFFICE OF RANDALL CAUDLE)

FAMILY IMMIGRATION

PREFERENCES

WORLDWIDE

CHINA (PRC)-
mainland
born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st (USC Unmarried Sons & Daughters over 21)

FEB 1, 2002

FEB 1, 2002

FEB 1, 2002

JULY 1, 1992

NOV 22, 1992

2A (LPR Spouses & Unmarried Children under 21)

FEB 22, 2003

FEB 22, 2003

FEB 22, 2003

MAY 1, 2002

FEB 22, 2003

2B (LPR Unmarried Sons & Daughters over 21)

NOV 22, 1998

NOV 22, 1998

NOV 22, 1998

MAR.22, 1992

JAN 15, 1997

3rd (USC Married Sons & Daughters)

MAY 8, 2000

MAY 8, 2000

MAY 8, 2000

JULY. 8, 1992

APRIL 1, 1991

4th (USC Brothers & Sisters)

JULY 8, 1997

NOV 1, 1996

SEPT 15, 1996

OCT 1, 1994

FEB 1, 1986




EMPLOYMENT-BASED IMMIGRATION

PREFERENCES

WORLDWIDE

CHINA (PRC) Mainland Born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st (EB-1)

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

2nd (EB-2)

CURRENT

JAN. 01, 2003

JAN. 01, 2000

CURRENT

CURRENT

3rd (EB-3)

OCT 15, 2002

NOV 1, 2001

MAY 1, 2001

APRIL 22, 2001

OCT 15, 2002

Schedule A Workers

(RNs, PTs )

UNAVAILABLE

UNAVAILABLE

UNAVAILABLE

UNAVAILABLE

UNAVAILABLE

Unskilled Workers (less than 2 years exp. Required)

OCT 1, 2001

OCT 1, 2001

OCT 1, 2001

OCT 1, 2001

OCT 1, 2001

4th (EB-4)

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

Religious Workers

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

5th (EB-5) (Investors)

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

Targeted Employment Areas/Regional Centers

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

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