June 2015 Visa Bulletin – Forward Movement for Some

The Department of State has put out the June 2015 visa bulletin. While family based dates have remained fairly steady (with some backlogs and some slight movement forward) the bigger changes were on the employment side.

1st – Remain current for all countries
2nd – Remain Current for All Areas EXCEPT China is now in June 1, 2013 a jump of 1 year and India is at October 1, 2008, a slight movement forward of about 1 month
3rd – All countries moved forward to February 15, 2015, about 1 month forward movement, EXCEPT China, which is at September 1, 2011 (forward movement of about 4 months), India which is at January 22, 2004 (no movement) and Philippines, which moved back 2 years to January 1, 2005.
Other Workers: Same as 3rd preference except China is at January 1, 2006.
5th – China remains backlogged at May 1, 2013 while the rest of the world is current.

Overall, China moved forward quite a bit in the 2nd preference category (which includes the NIW application) which is good news. Unfortunately, India remains backlogged quite heavily although it did have some forward movement in the 2nd preference category.

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.

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