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Visa Bulletin for April 2009

Mar 15, 2009

The State Department's Visa Bulletin shows the following changes in the availability of visa numbers for the various family and work categories:

Family Sponsored Categories

The only significant change in the family sponsored category is movement for Philippine nationals from 1 December 1997 to 15 January 1998 in the 2B family category (unmarried sons/daughters of permanent residents). Most other categories only had very small movements. The backlogs are tremendous and shows that U.S. citizens who sponsor their brothers or sisters from the Philippines have to wait 23 years (current date 22 June 1986).

First Preference (Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens):

This category advanced slightly from March 2009 to April 2009 for all chargeability areas except those listed (meaning the rest of the world), China (mainland) and India from 22 July 2002 to 15 August 2002. Mexico remained unchanged at 8 Oct 1992 and Philippines moved from 15 July 1993 to 1 August 1993.

Second Preference:

2A Category for spouses and children of permanent residents:

This category showed small movements from 1 July 2004 to 15 August 2004 for All chargeability, China and India. Mexico moved slowly from 15 Oct 2001 to 1 January 2002 and Philippines from 1 July 2004 to 15 August 2004.

2B Category for unmarried sons and daughters (21 years of age or older):

This category moved from 22 June 2000 to 1 September 2000 for all chargeability, China and India. It remained unchanged at 1 May 1992 for Mexico and moved from 1 Dec. 1997 to 15 January 1998 for Philippines.

3rd Preference (married sons and daughters of Citizens):

This category also moved very slightly from 8 Aug 2000 to 22 Aug 2000 for all chargeability, China and India; from 15 Oct 1992 to 22 Oct 1992 for Mexico; and from 8 June 1991 to 15 June 1991 for the Philippines.

4th Preference (brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens:

The all chargeability category moved from 1 March 1998 to 15 April 1998, China moved from 15 Nov 1997 to 8 January 1998, India moved from 1 March 1998 to 15 April 1998, Mexico moved from 8 April 1995 to 22 April 1995, and the Philippines moved from 15 May 1986 to 22 June 1986.

Employment Based Visa Categories

The employment based visa categories shows a significant loss in numbers for the employment based 3rd preference category. This will mean even longer waits for individuals who are being sponsored by their employers for skilled worker and professional jobs.

The first preference category for priority workers (multinational managers and executives, outstanding professors and researchers, aliens of extraordinary ability) remained current from March 2009 to April 2009.

The second preference category for advanced degree workers and those working in the U.S. national interests and aliens of exceptional ability also remained unchanged from March 2009 to April 2009. Nationals from China and India retain a backlogged date of 15 February 2005.

The third preference category for skilled workers and professionals will fall behind next month from 1 May 2005 to 1 March 2003 for all chargeability areas and for nationals from the Philippines. However, Chinese nationals in this category will advance from 22 Oct 2002 to 1 March 2003, Indians will advance slightly from 15 October 2001 to 1 November 2001, and Mexicans will fall behind from 15 March 2003 to 15 August 2003.

The other worker category for unskilled workers will fall behind to 1 March 2001. Visa_Bulletin_April_2009.pdf

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