December 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

The December 2014 visa bulletin was released just recently.  There were no major surprises, but some movement forward almost across the board.

In Family Cases:

Unmarried sons and daughters of US Citizens:  Moved forward about 2 weeks for most of the world to June 22, 2007.  Mexico jumped about 1.5 months to August 15 ,1994 and the Philippines also jumped about 1.5 months to December 15, 2004.

Spouses of Permanent Residents:  Again, about a two week jump for most of the world to March 22, 2013.  Mexico jumped about 3.5 months to January 1, 2013.

F2B: This category moved forward about 2 months to February 22, 2008 for most of the world.  Mexico jumped about 1 months to October 1, 1994.  The Philippines moved forward only about 2 weeks to January 15, 2004.

F3:  In this category everywhere moved forward about two weeks:  Mexico to November 15, 1993, the Philippines to June 22, 1993 and the rest of the world to December 15, 2003.

F4:  Most everywhere just jumped forward about two weeks:  Mexico to March 1, 1997, the Philippines to June 1, 1991, and the rest of the world to February 22, 2002.

Employment Based:

EB1:  Current everywhere

EB2:  Current everywhere except:  India held steady at February 15, 2005 and China moved forward to January 1, 2010.

EB3:  Most of the world moved forward 5 months to November 1, 2010 except India, which is at December 1, 2003 (about 1 month movement) and China which is at June 1, 2010 (a 5 month jump).

According to the Department of State, the EB2 for China will continue to move forward at the same rate.  Worldwide and China for the EB-3 category will continue to move forward fairly rapidly. While this is good in the short term, in the long term there may be some back tracking in the future as demand increases.

Please remember, as always, this blog does not offer legal advice. If you need legal advice, consult with a lawyer instead of a blog. Thank you.


Author: Adam Frank, Esquire

I am an immigration attorney with over 20 years of experience. I was graduated from Brandeis University undergrad in 1990 and then spent a year traveling around Central America. In 1991 I began attending the University of Baltimore School of Law and was graduated in 1994. I began working in Immigration Law in 1998 when I joined a small law firm and, in 2000 opened my own firm with my law partner Ed Leavy. Sadly, Ed passed away in 2011. I am still a partner in my own firm with my current partner Brendan Delaney. Our firm is Frank & Delaney Immigration Law, LLC.

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