US Dept of State Work-Sponsored Visa Bulletin Predictions for January 2015

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

Work-SponsoredMay 2014Jun 2014Jul 2014Aug 2014Sep 2014Oct 2014Nov 2014Dec 2014January 2015 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
EB32012-10-012011-04-01 *2011-04-012011-04-012011-04-012011-10-012012-06-012012-11-012013-02-20
Other Workers2012-10-012011-04-01 *2011-04-012011-04-012011-04-012011-10-012012-06-012012-11-012013-02-20
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
EB5CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01

Mainland China

Work-SponsoredMay 2014Jun 2014Jul 2014Aug 2014Sep 2014Oct 2014Nov 2014Dec 2014January 2015 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
EB22009-04-152009-05-222009-07-012009-10-082009-10-082009-11-152009-12-082010-01-012010-01-29
EB32012-10-012006-10-01 *2006-10-012008-11-012008-11-012009-04-012010-01-012010-06-012010-12-10
Other Workers2012-10-012003-01-01 *2003-01-012005-07-222005-07-222005-07-222005-07-222005-07-222005-07-22
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
EB5CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01

India

Work-SponsoredMay 2014Jun 2014Jul 2014Aug 2014Sep 2014Oct 2014Nov 2014Dec 2014January 2015 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
EB22004-11-152008-09-012008-09-012009-01-222009-05-012009-05-012005-02-15 *2005-02-152005-03-19
EB32003-10-012003-11-012003-11-012003-11-082003-11-082003-11-152003-11-222003-12-012003-12-08
Other Workers2003-10-012003-11-012003-11-012003-11-082003-11-082003-11-152003-11-222003-12-012003-12-08
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
EB5CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01

Mexico

Work-SponsoredMay 2014Jun 2014Jul 2014Aug 2014Sep 2014Oct 2014Nov 2014Dec 2014January 2015 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
EB32012-10-012011-04-01 *2011-04-012011-04-012011-04-012011-10-012012-06-012012-11-012013-02-20
Other Workers2012-10-012011-04-01 *2011-04-012011-04-012011-04-012011-10-012012-06-012012-11-012013-02-20
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
EB5CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01

Philippines

Work-SponsoredMay 2014Jun 2014Jul 2014Aug 2014Sep 2014Oct 2014Nov 2014Dec 2014January 2015 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
EB32007-11-012009-01-012009-01-012010-06-012011-04-012011-10-012012-06-012012-11-012013-07-02
Other Workers2007-11-012009-01-012009-01-012010-06-012011-04-012011-10-012012-06-012012-11-012013-07-02
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01
EB5CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-10-012014-11-012014-12-01

* Note: Dates in red indicate that priority went backwards instead of forwards which is known as “retrogression.” This is caused when the Department of State finds that the number of visas available is running out faster than originally estimated. The date is moved backward to show a more accurate picture of the visa backlog.

WORK-SPONSORED PREFERENCE DEFINITIONS

First: (EB1) Priority Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

Second (EB2): Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.

Third: (EB3) Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to '*Other Workers'.

Fourth: (EB4) Certain Special Immigrants: 7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth: (EB5) Employment Creation: 7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of Pub. L. 102-395.


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