April 10, 2006
The just released May Visa Bulletin shows that the priority date (PD) for India-born individuals in the EB-2 category went from 07/01/02 to 01/01/03, while the EB-3 category PD advanced much more slowly from 02/01/01 to 03/01/01. The EB-1 category for Indian-born nationals advanced from 01/01/05 to 07/01/05.
For foreign nationals born in China, the EB-2 PD advanced from 01/01/03 to 01/01/04, while the EB-3 PD stayed at 05/01/01. The EB-1 PD went from 01/01/04 to 07/01/04.
The Department of State, which issues the monthly visa bulletins, commented that the significant amount of forward movement in the China-mainland born and India Employment First and Second preference cut-off dates during recent months has been done in an effort to generate demand for numbers. It cannot be assumed that these cut-off dates will continue to advance at this pace during the remainder of the fiscal year. It remains to be seen how heavy the demand for visa numbers by applicants from those areas will be in the coming months.
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