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March 2015 Visa Bulletin Brings Only Modest Changes

The Department of State’s March Visa Bulletin announced only a few modest changes in employment-based visa processing. Most significantly, the EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will advance by six months for “All Other Countries,” with priority dates moving up from Jan. 1, 2014, to June 1, 2014. This brings adjudications under this subcategory just shy of eight months of being current.

Additionally, Indian nationals seeking classification under the EB-2 preference category will rejoice at the 16-month advancement announced for March, moving from Sept. 1, 2005, up to Jan., 1, 2007. Even with this considerable jump, the government is still virtually experiencing a “delay” of eight years. Priority dates for Chinese nationals under EB-2, in comparison, only advanced six months to Sept. 1, 2010.

Processing of petitions under the EB-5 immigrant investor program continue to be current for the time being, however, the possibility of visa retrogression for Chinese nationals remains a looming specter.

EB Category

All Other Countries

China

India

EB-1

Current

Current

Current

EB-2

Current

9/1/2010

1/1/2007

EB-3 (prof. & skilled workers)

6/1/2014

10/22/2011

1/1/2004

EB-3 (other workers)

6/1/2014

8/15/2005

1/1/2004

EB-5

Current

Current

Current

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Shaun Staller, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Philadelphia, Immigration Attorney
Associate

Shaun Staller is a multilingual attorney with broad international experience. He focuses his practice on U.S. immigration matters, with an emphasis on employment-based classifications and compliance in both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa categories. He counsels individuals and businesses across a variety of industries in adeptly navigating the complexities of the immigration system in order to achieve their real world goals. Additionally, Shaun works with foreign investors in obtaining permanent residency through the EB-5 immigrant investor program. He is also versed in...

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