State Dept. Anticipates Visa Number Movement in Some Employment-Based Categories
This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.
The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for February 2015 notes that movement is possible in some employment-based categories in the coming months.
In the employment-based “Worldwide” third preference category, the Visa Office expects rapid forward movement “for at least another month or two.” The bulletin notes that rapid movement in recent months is expected to generate a significant amount of demand for numbers. “Once such demand materializes at the anticipated rate, it will have a direct impact on this cut-off date,” which stands in February at January 1, 2014.
Similarly, the Visa Office expects rapid forward movement in the employment-based third preference category for China. “Such movement is likely to result in a dramatic increase in demand which could require ‘corrective’ action within the next six months,” the bulletin notes. India may move by up to two weeks. On the other hand, Mexico and the Philippines will remain at the Worldwide date, although increased demand in the latter could require “corrective” action at some point later in the fiscal year, the bulletin states.
The bulletin notes that the determination of the monthly cut-off dates is subject to monthly fluctuations in applicant demand and a number of other variables, so trends and estimates are not guaranteed.