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April Visa Bulletin Shows Slight Improvement for Chinese and Indian Nationals

Mar 10, 2006

According to visa bulletin for April 2006 released by Department of State on March 10, 2006, the cut-off dates continue to move forward for those people born in mainland China who filed employment-based immigration petitions. The Cut-off date of EB1 moves July 1, 2003 to January 1, 2004 (6 months). Cut-off date of EB2 moves from July 1, 2002 to January 1, 2003 (6 months). The cut-off date of EB3 remains unchanged (May 1, 2001).

For Indian nationals the cut-off date moves July 1, 2004 to January 1, 2005 (6 months). The Cut-off for EB2 moves from January 1, 2002 to July 1, 2002 (6 months). The cut off date for EB3 remains unchanged at January 1, 2001. The EB3 category that has been backlogged lately for the other category (rest of world outside of China, India, Mexico & Philippines) unfortunately remains unchanged this month at May 1, 2001.

We hope that EB-2 and EB-1 will continue to improve for Chinese and Indian nationals in the next few months. Therefore, if you consider applying for employment-based immigration you should check with your immigration advisor if you qualify under EB-1 and EB-2 (including NIW). In addition, you should review with your immigration advisor if you can qualify under EB-2 while applying for a labor certification under PERM.

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