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December 2009 Visa Bulletin // With Comments and Discussion

November 19th, 2009 158 comments

December Visa Bulletin 09

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August 2009 Visa Bulletin // With Comments and Discussion

July 10th, 2009 130 comments

The August '09 Visa Bulletin

The August '09 Visa Bulletin

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July 2009 Visa Bulletin – (Re-posted) // With Comments and Discussion

June 9th, 2009 97 comments

The last attempt to post ended up unreadable. Hopefully, this will be better:

July 2009 Visa Bulletin - http://TheVisaBulletin.com

July 2009 Visa Bulletin - http://TheVisaBulletin.com

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July 2009 Visa Bulletin // With Comments and Discussion

June 9th, 2009 No comments
July 2009 Visa Bulletin - http://TheVisaBulletin.com

July 2009 Visa Bulletin - http://TheVisaBulletin.com

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May 2009 Visa Bulletin // With Comments and Discussion

April 8th, 2009 83 comments
May 2009 Visa Bulletin

May 2009 Visa Bulletin

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April 2009 Visa Bulletin // With Comments and Discussion

March 10th, 2009 102 comments
March 10, 2009

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

Family Preference Categories

Fam-ily All Charge- ability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPP-INES
1st 15AUG02 15AUG02 15AUG02 08OCT92 01AUG93
2A 15AUG04 15AUG04 15AUG04 01JAN02 15AUG04
2B 01SEP00 01SEP00 01SEP00 01MAY92 15JAN98
3rd 22AUG00 22AUG00 22AUG00 22OCT92 15JUN91
4th 15APR98 08JAN98 15APR98 22APR95 22JUN86

Employment Preference Categories

All
Charge-ability
Areas
Except
Those
Listed
CHINA-
mainland born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIP-PINES
Employ-ment
-Based
1st C C C C C
2nd C 15FEB05 15FEB04 C C
3rd 01MAR03 01MAR03 01NOV01 01MAR03 01MAR03
Other
Workers
01MAR01 01MAR01 01MAR01 01MAR01 01MAR01
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers U U U U U
5th C C C C C
Targeted Employ-ment Areas C C C C C
5th Pilot Progams U U U U U

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. 110-391), the nonminister special immigrant program expires on March 6, 2009.

Employment Fifth Preference Pilot Program 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 expires on March 6, 2009.

The cut-off dates for the above categories are shown as “Unavailable” for April. Congress is considering an extension for each of these categories, but there is no certainty when such legislative action may occur. If legislation to extend either of these categories is enacted, the cut-off date for that category would immediately become “Current.”

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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.

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