Friday, February 14, 2014

March 2014 Visa Bulletin Analysis

For March 2014 Visa Bulletin, please click here:

Please see below analysis of March 2014 Visa Bulletin:

EB1: All EB1 categories are current and should continue to remain current for fiscal year. Demand continues to be around 1000-1200 every month.

EB2 ROW: This category continues to remain current. Demand in EB2ROW continues to be very low at an average of around 300 per month. This is good news for EB2 India and China, as they could get a higher spillover in FY 2014.

EB2 China: EB2 China also moved forward by 5 weeks. It should continue to move forward around 3 to 5 weeks per month. It is still be behind EB3 China which is ahead by more than 3 years.

EB2 India: There was no change in EB2 India movement. As we had mentioned earlier, there was huge retrogression in EB2 India due to large amount of porting from EB3 India to EB2 India. We have added a blog post exclusive to EB2 India movement in fiscal year 2014. Also please see this blog post for updates in EB2 (India, ROW and China) category.

EB3 ROW: The biggest  forward movement was in EB3 ROW, Mexico and China category. This category moved forward by 3 months. According to I-485 pending inventory, demand is very low at around 14,000. The annual quota for EB3 ROW is over 40,000. Hence dates have moved forward significantly in last few months.

EB3 China: EB3 China also moved forward by 3 months. It is likely that EB3 China dates would continue to be ahead of EB2 China for this fiscal year.

EB3 China Other workers Category also continues to move at same rate as EB3 China.

EB3 Mexico: Similarly EB3 Mexico also moved forward by 3 months.

Dates for EB3 China and EB3 Mexico should continue to be same as EB3 ROW.

EB3 India: EB3 India finally moved forward by 2 weeks.There is a possibility of this category moving forward by 1-2 weeks in Visa Bulletin.

Unlike China, EB3 India is not likely to move ahead of EB2 India due to huge backlog. Even if everyone ported from EB3 to EB2, their application would be open in both categories (and Charles Oppenheim from Visa Office has confirmed that they are been counted twice).

EB3 Philippines: EB Philippines also moved forward by 2 weeks. It seems that demand increased a lot when this category moved forward by 2 months in the previous Visa Bulletin. This category is likely to continue to move forward.

Please see this blog post for future updates in EB3 categories.

EB4: This category continues to remain current.

EB5: This category continues to remain current.

Demand in EB4 and EB5 is currently very low. Hence EB2 category can expect a bigger spillover in FY 2014.

Family Categories:

Following categories did not move forward: F1 Philippines, F2B Mexico and all F2A categories, except Mexico.

F2A Category: As expected, there was no further movement in F2A, except in Mexico. DOS is holding the dates steady to help them build a "pipeline" of cases after applicants file I-485 applications or consular processing cases.

The demand in Mexico is much higher than other countries. Hence DOS retrogressed dates by around 11 months.  Please see article for more details for FB category.

F2B Category: F2B ROW, China and India moved forward by 7 weeks. F2B Philippines moved forward by 2 weeks. F2B Mexico did not move forward.

F3 Category: F3 ROW, China and India moved forward by 4 weeks. Philippines moved forward by only 1 week.

Most other FB categories moved between 1 and 5 weeks.

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If your application has been sent to NVC, please see this blog post.

Tip: Charles Oppenheim creates and publishes the monthly visa bulletin. He works at Department of State (DOS) and is the Chief of "Visa Control and Reporting Division".

Did you know: Every year move than 1 million visas are allotted. Family based categories get 66% - whereas employment based categories get only 14%. Learn more statistics here.

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