January 15, 2009

February 2009 Visa Bulletin

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT VISA BULLETIN

February 2009

(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)

JULY 8, 2002

JULY 8, 2002

JULY 8, 2002

OCT. 08, 1992

JULY 15, 1993

2A (LPR Spouses & Unmarried Children under 21)

JUNE 1, 2004

JUNE 1, 2004

JUNE 1, 2004

SEPT. 22, 2001

JUNE 1, 2004

2B (LPR Unmarried Sons & Daughters over 21)

MAY 8, 2000

MAY 8, 2000

MAY 8, 2000

MAY 01, 1992

OCT. 15, 1997

3rd (USC Married Sons & Daughters)

AUG. 01, 2000

AUG. 01, 2000

AUG. 01, 2000

OCT. 8, 1992

JUNE 1, 1991

4th (USC Brothers & Sisters)

FEB. 15, 1998

JAN. 15, 1992

JAN 15, 1998

MAR. 22, 1995

MAY 01, 1986

*NOTE: For February, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 22SEP01. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 22SEP01 and earlier than 01JUN04. (All 2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit; there are no 2A numbers for MEXICO subject to per-country limit.)

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. 1, 2005

JAN. 01, 2004

CURRENT

CURRENT

3rd (EB-3)

MAY 01, 2005

OCT. 01, 2002

OCT. 15, 2001

APRIL 1, 2003

MAY 01, 2005

Schedule A Workers

(RNs, PTs )

UNAVAILABLE

UNAVAILABLE

UNAVAILABLE

UNAVAILABLE

UNAVAILABLE

Unskilled Workers (less than 2 years exp. Required)

UNAVAILABLE

UNAVAILABLE

UNAVAILABLE

UNAVAILABLE

UNAVAILABLE

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

Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets an annual family-sponsored preference limit of 226,000. The annual limit for employment-based preference immigrants is 140,000.

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