Employment-Based Preference Categories
EB-1 China, EB-1 India, and EB-2 and EB-3 Worldwide. As previously reported, all of these categories are expected to remain current for the foreseeable future.
EB-2 India. Consistent with Charlie’s predictions, EB-2 India will advance by less than one month for November to October 8, 2008.
EB-3 India. The final action date for EB-3 India will hold steady at October 15, 2006, for November, and Charlie is confident that this date will continue to hold in December.
EB-2 China and EB-3 China. Demand in these two categories is creeping along as expected. Charlie is interested in watching how the new USCIS interview requirement will impact demand in these categories and the downgrade phenomenon that has occurred for the past few years. In November, EB-2 China advances by less than one month to June 15, 2013, and EB-3 China advances by one month to February 1, 2014.
EB-3 Philippines. The final action date for EB-3 Philippines advances one and a half months to April 1, 2016, in November, consistent with Charlie’s predictions.
EB-5 China. The final action date for EB-5 China advances approximately one week to July 1, 2014, in November, consistent with Charlie’s projections.
EB-4. All EB-4 subcategories will remain the same in November with the exception of EB-4 Mexico, which will advance one month to April 1, 2016. Compared to the beginning of the last fiscal year, where Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras were almost at their annual limits, the demand is starting out more slowly in these categories this year. Charlie expects to continue to advance EB-4 Mexico slowly, but he cautions members to not be surprised if the final action date for EB-4 Mexico rejoins that of EB-4 El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras later this fiscal year.
Movement in the family-based categories for November is consistent with Charlie’s predictions, with the final action dates of most categories either remaining the same or advancing modestly by about one month. FB-1 and FB-2B Philippines demand is starting to materialize. In particular, members should expect a correction to FB-1 in the December Visa Bulletin. Demand in FB-4 India is lower than expected, which might allow Charlie to advance the final action date in this category more quickly than previously anticipated.