February Visa Bulletin

The State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs released the February Visa Bulletin. Similar to previous visa bulletins, non-India EB-2 and EB-3 priority dates continue to move forward.  Unlike the previous visa bulletins, the February bulletin  moved the priority date for EB-2 India more significantly forward than previous bulletins.

EB-2 China moved forward by just over one month from February 1, 2010 to March 15, 2010 while EB-3 China moved forward six months from March 1, 2011 to September 1, 2011.  EB-3 Mexico, Philippines, and the Rest of the World, moved forward most significantly moving seven months from June 1, 2013 to January 1, 2014.

Both EB-2 and EB-3 India also moved forward with EB-3 India continuing to move only a week or a few weeks at a time from December 15, 2003 to December 22, 2003. Meanwhile, EB-2 India saw its first significant forward process in several months, moving forward almost seven months from February 15, 2005 to September 1, 2005.

The February Visa Bulletin also included predictions for continued movement in all categories in the coming months.

All EB-1s are expected to stay current. EB-2 China is projected to move forward by three to six weeks while EB-2 India is projected to move forward by four to six months. EB-3 China is expected to see rapid forward progress at least until demand requires action to be taken to the contrary.  EB-3 India meanwhile is only expected to move forward by no more than two weeks. EB-3 Mexico and Philippines will remain the same as the Rest of the World priority date.

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