July 2014 Visa Bulletin

July 2014 Visa Bulletin

The First Preference (F-1 – unmarried sons and daughters of US citizens) of Family-Based Petitions moved forward by seven months, while the Second Preference (F-2B) advanced by one month in the July 2014 Visa Bulletin. The Third Preference (F-3) advanced two weeks while the Fourth Preference (F-4) moved forward by one-and-a-half months.

The priority date for Preference 2A of Family-Based Petitions (spouse and minor children of Permanent Residents), which suffered a huge setback in the June 2014 Visa Bulletin when it retrogressed by one year, four months and one week from May, stayed at its current level this time.

In the Employment-Based petitions, the priority date for the Third Preference (skilled workers and professionals) and Unskilled Workers moved forward by one year in the July 2014 Visa Bulletin. All the other categories in the Employment-Based Petitions remained current.

The July 2014 Visa Bulletin follows.

July 2014 State Department Visa Bulletin.

The Department of State will be processing the following petitions with priority dates earlier than indicated below.

Family Based Preferences:

1. First Preference — Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens         January 1, 2003

(This preference advanced by four months since last month)

2. Second Preference:

a. Spouses and Minor Children of Permanent Residents                     May 1, 2012

         (This category moved backwards by one year, four months

         and one week since last month)

b. Unmarried Sons and Daughters 21 years and over of

Lawful Permanent Residents                                                            Aug. 15, 2003      

(This Preference advanced by three weeks since last month)

3. Third Preference – Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens                March 22, 1993

     (This Preference advanced by one week since last month)

4. Fourth Preference – Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens                 January 1, 1991                    

     (This Preference advanced two weeks since last month)

B. Employment Based Preferences:

1. First Preference – Priority Workers                                                           Current

2. Second Preference – Advanced Degree Professionals                              Current

3. Third Preference – Skilled Workers & Professionals                                 Jan. 1, 2009

(This preference advanced by two months since last month)

Unskilled – Other Workers                                                                        Jan. 1, 2009    

     (This preference advanced by two months since last month)

Schedule A Workers                                                                                  Jan. 1, 2009

Please note that for the month of July 2014, Employment Based Third Preference visa (professionals and skilled workers) is available for the Philippine nationals with approved labor certifications or I-140 petitions with priority dates earlier than January 1, 2009. For Schedule A nurses and physical therapist, immigrant visa is also available for July 2014, if they have an approved I-140 petition with priority dates earlier than January 1, 2009.

Third Preference visas for Unskilled Workers such as caregivers, nursing assistants and nannies are available for those Philippine Nationals with approved labor certifications dated earlier than January 1, 2009 for the month of June 2014.

Note:   This is not a legal advice.

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