Visa Bulletin for February 2006 Shows Significant Forward Movement

Visa Bulletin for February 2006 Shows Significant Forward Movement
January 18, 2006

January 18, 2006

Over the past two months, significant forward movement in priority dates, which controls when a foreign national may apply for status as a permanent resident, has taken place.

The just released February Visa Bulletin shows that the often-watched priority date (PD) for India-born individuals in the EB-2 category went from 07/01/00 to 08/01/01, in the past two months, while the EB-3 category PD went from 01/01/99 to 01/01/00. The EB-1 category for Indian-born nationals advanced from 02/01/03 to 02/01/04.

For foreign nationals born in China, the EB-1 PD went from 07/01/01 to 01/01/03 during the past two months. The EB-2 PD went from 02/01/01 to 04/01/02 during the same period, while the EB-3 PD advanced much more slowly, changing from 01/01/01 to 04/22/01.

The Department of State, which issues the monthly visa bulletins, commented that the movement of employment cut-off dates during the past several months has been greater than anticipated as a result of low visa usage by USCIS (i.e., lower number of I-485 approvals being issued by USCIS during the past few months). Although it is not possible to speculate how soon USCIS usage of visa numbers will pick-up, it is likely that forward movements will slow or stop as the year progresses.