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Visa Bulletin Update: September 2014

Visa Bulletin Update: September 2014

By Ari Sauer, immigration lawyer with the Memphis, Tennessee office of the Siskind Susser Law Firm.

The US Department of State has issued the September 2014 Visa Bulletin. The DOS Visa Bulletin lists visa availability to let foreign nationals know when they can file an Immigrant Visa application or application for Adjustment of Status to obtain a green card as a US permanent resident base upon the immigrant petition filed by their relative, employer, self-petition or under the Diversity (DV) Lottery. The dates listed are the Priority Dates for immigrant petitions (i.e., I-130, I-140, I-360, etc.) or DV Lottery winner case numbers. A visa is available if your priority date is earlier than the date listed for your category and country of chargeability, or if your DV Lottery case number or a larger number is listed.

1) To read the visa bulletin, first find the appropriate chart for your case: The first chart is FamilyDOS Seal Based immigrant petitions. The second chart is Employment Based immigrant petitions. The remaining charts are for the Diversity Visa Lottery.

2) Next locate the appropriate column or row for your country of chargeablity. If your country is not listed, that means  that you would fall within the All Chargeability category. The DV lottery is listed by region instead of country, although some countries within a region will be listed separately.

3) For the Family or Employment charts, locate your appropriate visa preference category from the rows listed on the left (F-1 through F-4 or EB-1 through EB-5).

4) Compare the priority date listed on the Visa Bulletin to the priority date for your petition. For the DV Lottery, compare the number listed on the Visa Bulletin to the number listed on your Congratulatory Notice.

The September 2014 Visa Bulletin becomes effective on September 1, 2014. Until then the August 2014 Visa Bulletin remains in effect. If you file an application for adjustment of status too early, your application will be rejected or denied.

FAMILY BASED IMMIGRATION CATEGORIES
Immediate Relatives: Spouses, Parents, and Unmarried Children Under 21 of US Citizens: Immediate Relative petitions do not have a limit on visa availability. They are not listed on the Visa Bulletin because there is no wait for a visa to become available for Immediate Relative petitions.
 
First Preference (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of US Citizens: Visa availability for the Philippines moved from June 1, 2004 to August 1, 2004. Availability for Mexico moved forward from April 8, 1994 to June 1, 1994. Availability for everyone else moved from April 22, 2007 to May 1, 2007.
 
Second Preference (F2A) Spouses and Unmarried Children Under 21 of US Permanent Residents: Visa availability for Mexico has jumped forward more than a year, from March 15, 2011 to April 22, 2012. Availability for all other countries has also been moved forward significantly from May 1, 2012 to January 1, 2013. 
 
Second Preference (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters Over 21 of US Permanent Residents: Visa availability for the Philippines has moved forward from October 8, 2003 to December 1, 2003. Availability for Mexico has moved from April 1, 1994 to May 15, 1994. Availability for all other countries moved forward from July 1, 2007 to September 1, 2007.
 
Third Preference (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of US Citizens: Visa availability for the Philippines has moved from April 15, 1993 to May 22, 1993. Availability for Mexico has moved forward from September 15, 1993 to October 15, 1993. Availability for all other countries remains at November 15, 2003.
 
Fourth Preference (F4) Siblings of US Citizens: Visa availability for the Philippines moved forward this month from January 22, 1991 to March 15, 1991. Availability for Mexico moved from January 1, 1997 to January 22, 1997.  Availability for all other countries remains at January 1, 2002.
 
EMPLOYMENT BASED IMMIGRATION CATEGORIES
First Preference (EB-1) Extraordinary Ability, Intracompany Transferee, or Outstanding Professor or Researcher: Visa availability in this category remains current for all countries, meaning there are visas available for all petitions.
 
Second Preference (EB-2) Advance Degree Professional, Exceptional Ability, or National Interest Waiver: Visas availability for India has moved forward from January 22, 2009 to May 1, 2009. DOS has predicted the possibility that they may move EB-2 for India back, and that this may happen as soon as November. Availability for China remains at October 8, 2009. Visa availability for all other countries is current, meaning there are visas available for all priority dates.
 
Third Preference (EB-3) Professional, Skilled Worker and Other Workers: Visa availability for the Philippines has moved forward from June 1, 2010 to April 1, 2011. Availability for India remains at November 8, 2003. Availability for China remains at November 1, 2008 for Professionals and Skilled Workers, and at July 22, 2005 for Other Workers. Availability for all other countries remains at April 1, 2011.
 
Fourth Preference (EB-4) Certain Special Immigrants: Visa availability remains current for all countries, meaning visas are available for all priority dates.
 
Fourth Preference (Certain Religious Workers): Visa availability remains current for all countries, meaning visas are available for all priority dates.
 
Fifth Preference (EB-5) Investors: Visa availability remains current for all countries, meaning visas are available for all priority dates. However, the DOS  is expecting that they might have to establish a China EB-5 cut-off date sometime next year, possibly as early as June 2015. 
 
DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY
The DV-2014 visas available in September are:
 
Egypt: 32,250
All other countries in Africa: 81,350
Nepal: 9,500
All other countries in Asia: 13,350
Europe: 40,150
N.A. Bahamas: Current (meaning a visa is available for all from this region)
Oceania: 1,450
S.A. and Caribbean: 1,750
 
The availability for the DV-2015 winners (DV-2014 winners are not eligible) in October will be:
Egypt: 6,000
Ethiopia: 7,000
All other countries in Africa: 8,000
Asia: 2,500
Europe: 8,500
N.A. Bahamas: 3
Oceania: 400
S.A. and Caribbean: 550
 
 
  • Call 901-507-4270 to schedule an appointment with me to discuss your visa application.

By Ari Sauer.

 
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