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March 2009 Visa Bulletin // With Comments and Discussion

February 10th, 2009 30 comments

The Visa Bulletin for March 2009 was posted by the State Department earlier today. Screenshots posted below.

March 2009 // Family-Based Visa Bulletin

All Charge- ability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
Family
1st 22JUL02 22JUL02 22JUL02 08OCT92 15JUL93
2A 01JUL04 01JUL04 01JUL04 15OCT01 01JUL04
2B 22JUN00 22JUN00 22JUN00 01MAY92 01DEC97
3rd 08AUG00 08AUG00 08AUG00 15OCT92 08JUN91
4th 01MAR98 15NOV97 01MAR98 08APR95 15MAY86

March 2009 // Employment-Based Visa Bulletin

All Charge- abilityAreas Except Those Listed CHINA – mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
Employment- Based
1st C C C C C
2nd C 15FEB05 15FEB04 C C
3rd 01MAY05 22OCT02 15OCT01 15AUG03 01MAY05
Other Workers 15MAR03 22OCT02 15OCT01 15MAR03 15MAR03
4th C C C C C
Certain
Religious
Workers
C C C C C
5th C C C C C
Targeted Employ­-
ment Areas/
Regional Centers
C C C C C

The notes from the March Visa Bulletin included the following:

D. EXPIRATION OF TWO EMPLOYMENT VISA CATEGORIES

Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers:

Pursuant to Section 2(a) of the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program Act (Pub. L. No. 110-391), the nonminister special immigrant program expires on March 6, 2009. No SR-1, SR-2, or SR-3 visas may be issued overseas on or after March 6, 2009. Visas issued prior to this date may only be issued with a validity date of March 5, 2009, and all individuals seeking admission as a nonminister special immigrant must be admitted (repeat, admitted) into the U.S. no later than midnight March 5, 2009.

Employment Fifth Preference Pilot Categories(I5, R5):

Pursuant to Section 144 of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009 (Public Law 110-329), the immigrant investor pilot program will expire on March 6, 2009. No I5-1, I5-2, I5-3, R5-1, R5-2 or R5-3 visas may be issued after March 6, 2009.

The initial cut-off dates for the categories mentioned above have been listed as “current” for March. If these categories have not been extended based on legislative action those cut-off dates will become “unavailable” effective March 7, 2009.

Drop your comments or questions about the March 2009 Visa Bulletin below.

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