The Department of State has released its June 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications. Foreign nationals are permitted to file applications for an adjustment to status or for approval of an immigrant visa as long as the priority date is prior to the respective cutoff date specified by the Department of State in the monthly visa bulletin.
Most notably, the June 2014 Visa Bulletin announced significant retrogression for the EB-3 category for China, Mexico and the rest of the world due to a dramatic increase in demand. Additionally, the cut-off dates in the F2A category for all countries also experienced significant retrogression.
Specifically, pursuant to the June 2014 Visa Bulletin, the following cutoff dates are in effect:
All EB-1 categories remain current.
Applicants in the EB-2 category (professionals holding advanced degrees or persons with exceptional ability) from India continue to have a cutoff date of November 15, 2004 (no movement from previous bulletins). The cutoff date for applicants in the EB-2 category from China moved forward slightly to May 22, 2009 (from April 15, 2009 in May 2014). The EB-2 category for individuals from all other countries remains current.
There was slight forward movement in the EB-3 category (skilled workers and professionals) from India to October 15, 2003 (from October 1, 2003 in May 2014). There was also slight forward movement in the EB-3 for applicants from the Philippines to January 1, 2008 (from November 1, 2007 in May 2014). EB-3 petitions from China, Mexico, and the rest of the world retrogressed by six years to October 1, 2006.
The cutoff date for individuals in the family-based F2A category from Mexico remained unchanged at April 15, 2012. The cut-off date for F2A applications from all other countries retrogressed significantly, however, to May 1, 2012 (from September 8, 2013 in the May Bulletin) in order to stay within the annual limits. Moreover, the June Visa Bulletin indicates that there may be further retrogression of the worldwide F2A category in the future.
Priority cut-off dates can change on a monthly basis so it is important to be aware of the cut-off dates set forth in the Visa Bulletins and file a timely application.