February 13, 2006
The just released March Visa Bulletin shows that the priority date (PD) for India-born individuals in the EB-2 category went from 08/01/01 to 01/01/02, while the EB-3 category PD went from 01/01/00 to 01/01/01. The EB-1 category for Indian-born nationals advanced from 02/01/04 to 07/01/04.
For foreign nationals born in China, the EB-1 PD went from 01/01/03 to 07/01/03. The EB-2 PD went from 04/01/02 to 07/01/02, while the EB-3 PD advanced very modestly, from 04/22/01 to 05/01/01.
For foreign nationals who are in the EB-3 category and was born in Mexico and the Philippines, the PD advanced less than two weeks. The world-wide retrogression date for the EB-3 category (for foreign national born outside of India, China, Mexico, and the Philippines) advanced by less than two weeks, from 04/22/01 to 05/01/01.
The Department of State, which issues the monthly visa bulletins, continues to comment that the movement of employment cut-off dates during the past several months has been greater than anticipated but that it may not continue indefinitely. Furthermore, it commented that retrogression in categories that are now “current” may be possible, but should not be imminent.
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