The visa bulletin is published by the U.S. Department of State and summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers. The September visa bulletin shows that the employment based first preference EB1 category (extraordinary aliens, outstanding researchers and multinationals) for Indian nationals has finally become current after being backlogged since October 2005. This basically means that individuals will be able to file their I-485 applications for permanent residency the same time they file their I-140 petitions seeking classification under the Eb1 category. This is only available for filing in September 2006 as the numbers need to be assessed each month.
For the employment based EB3 category (skilled workers and professionals), the numbers increased for China, Philippines and everyone else (ecept Indians and Mexicans) by one year.
The family first preference (unmarried sons/daughters of citizens)moved forward one year in general for all nationaltiies. The family third preference (married sons/daughters of citizens) for Mexicans moved from 1981 to 1988 and the family 2B preference (unmarried sons/daughters of permanent residents) for Philippines moved from 1992 to January 1994.
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