State Department Releases January 2014 Visa Bulletin


The Department of State has released its January 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.

Pursuant to the January 2014 Visa Bulletin, the following cutoff dates are in effect:

  • Applicants in the EB-2 category (professionals holding advanced degrees or persons with exceptional ability) from India have a retrogressed cutoff date of November 15, 2004, but the cutoff date for applicants in the EB-2 category from China moved forward to December 8, 2008. The EB-2 category for individuals from all other countries remains current.
  • January will see positive forward movement for the cutoff dates in the EB-3 category (skilled workers and professionals) for individuals from most countries. The cutoff date for EB-3 applicants from all countries except India and Philippines moved forward to April 1, 2012. The cut-off date for applicants from India is September 1, 2003, and the cut-off date for applicants from Philippines is February 15, 2007.
  • A cutoff date of September 1, 2013 for individuals in the family-based F2A category from Mexico will continue from previous months.
  •  A cutoff date of September 8, 2013 for individuals in the F2A category from all countries other than Mexico will continue from previous months.

Although there was modest forward movement for employment-based visa categories, applicants are urged to submit their application as soon as possible. For more than 30 years, the Chicago employment immigration lawyers at the Shapiro Law Group have helped businesses and their employees obtain the necessary employment-based visa as efficiently as possible. We can advise you of the appropriate visa, help with preparation of your visa application, and file your application in a timely manner.

Similarly, legal residents who want to sponsor legal residency for their spouses and/or minor children under the F2A category are urged to contact The Shapiro Law Group as soon as possible to begin the application process. Although the F2A category is no longer “current,” as it was in August and September 2013, the waiting period is still relatively short and applicants should submit their petitions as soon as possible before the waiting time increases further.

The F2A visa application process can be confusing, but the Chicago family immigration lawyers at the Shapiro Law Group are here to help. If you are interested in bringing your spouse or minor children to the U.S. under the F2A visa program, you will need to file a petition to sponsor an alien relative, known as an I-130 petition in the F2A category.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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