July 24, 2008

August 2008 Visa Bulletin

NOTE: Significant changes between the July and August Visa Bulletin occurred in the Employment-based visa priority dates. As stated below, the EB-3 category no longer has any visa numbers available. Furthermore, the unskkilled workers category has also become unavailable. Finally, on the Family-based immigration side, the only significant change can be seen in Mexico's 4th Preference category - jumping forward a year.

Family Immigration
- Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act sets an annual family-sponsored preference limit of 226,000.
  • 1st Preference (USC unmarried sons & daughters over 21)
    • Worldwide: 15 March 2002
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: 15 March 2002
    • India: 15 March 2002
    • Mexico: 08 August 1992
    • Philippines: 22 March 1993
  • 2A Preference (LPR spouses & unmarried children under 21)
    • Worldwide: 01 October 2003
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: 01 October 2003
    • India: 01 October 2003
    • Mexico: UNAVAILABLE
    • Philippines: 001 October 2003
  • 2B Preference (LPR unmarried sons & daughters over 21)
    • Worldwide: 01 November 1999
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: 01 November 1999
    • India: 01 November 1999
    • Mexico: 15 April 1992
    • Philippines: 15 March 1997
  • 3rd Preference (USC married sons & daughters)
    • Worldwide: 08 June 2000
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: 08 June 2000
    • India: 08 June 2000
    • Mexico: 08 September 1992
    • Philippines: 01 April 1991
  • 4th Preference (USC brothers & sisters)
    • Worldwide: 08 September 1997
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: 22 February 1997
    • India: 22 February 1997
    • Mexico: 08 January 1995
    • Philippines: 08 March 1986
Employment Based - Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act sets an annual limit for employment-based preference limit of 140,000
  • 1st Preference (EB-1)
    • Worldwide: CURRENT
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: CURRENT
    • India: CURRENT
    • Mexico: CURRENT
    • Philippines: CURRENT
  • 2nd Preference (EB-2)
    • Worldwide: CURRENT
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: 01 June 2006
    • India: 01 June 2006
    • Mexico: CURRENT
    • Philippines: CURRENT
  • 3rd Preference (EB-3)
    • Worldwide: UNAVAILABLE
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: UNAVAILABLE
    • India: UNAVAILABLE
    • Mexico: UNAVAILABLE
    • Philippines: UNAVAILABLE
  • Schedule A workers (RNs, PTs)
    • Worldwide: UNAVAILABLE
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: UNAVAILABLE
    • India: UNAVAILABLE
    • Mexico: UNAVAILABLE
    • Philippines: UNAVAILABLE
  • Unskilled Workers (less than 2 years experience required)
    • Worldwide: UNAVAILABLE
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: UNAVAILABLE
    • India: UNAVAILABLE
    • Mexico: UNAVAILABLE
    • Philippines: UNAVAILABLE
  • 4th Preference (EB-4)
    • Worldwide: CURRENT
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: CURRENT
    • India: CURRENT
    • Mexico: CURRENT
    • Philippines: CURRENT
  • Religious Workers
    • Worldwide: CURRENT
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: CURRENT
    • India: CURRENT
    • Mexico: CURRENT
    • Philippines: CURRENT
  • Iraqi & Afghani Translators
    • Worldwide: CURRENT
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: CURRENT
    • India: CURRENT
    • Mexico: CURRENT
    • Philippines: CURRENT
  • 5th Preference (EB-5: Investors)
    • Worldwide: CURRENT
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: CURRENT
    • India: CURRENT
    • Mexico: CURRENT
    • Philippines: CURRENT
  • Targeted Employment Areas/ Regional Centers)
    • Worldwide: CURRENT
    • China (PRC) - Mainland born: CURRENT
    • India: CURRENT
    • Mexico: CURRENT
    • Philippines: CURRENT

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