September 2015 Visa News

September 2015 Visa News

The priority dates for most Family Based Preferences moved forward by at least three weeks in the September 2015 Visa Bulletin released by the US State Department.

In the Employment Based Preferences, the priority date for the Third Preference (skilled workers and professionals) and Third Preference Unskilled Workers advanced 6 months and 3 weeks in the month of September 2015. All the other categories in the Employment-Based Petitions remained current.

The September 2015 Visa Bulletin follows.

September 2015 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 Oct. 22, 2000

(This preference advanced 7 months and 1 week)

  1. Second Preference:
  2. Spouses and Minor Children of Permanent Residents        Mar 1, 2014

         (This category advanced by 3 months)

  1. Unmarried Sons and Daughters 21 years and over of

Lawful Permanent Residents                                                              Sept 8, 2004      

(This Preference advanced by 3 months and 2 weeks)

  1. Third Preference – Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens Sept. 15, 1993

     (This Preference by 3 weeks from last month’s bulletin)

  1. Fourth Preference – Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens Mar. 1, 1992                    

     (This Preference advanced 6 weeks since last month)

  1. Employment Based Preferences:
  1. First Preference – Priority Workers Current
  2. Second Preference – Advanced Degree Professionals Current
  3. Third Preference – Skilled Workers & Professionals Dec. 22, 2004

(This preference advanced 6 months and 3 weeks)

Unskilled – Other Workers                                                                        Dec. 22, 2004    

     (This preference advanced 6 months and 3 weeks)

Please note that for the month of September 2015Employment 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 December 22, 2004. For Schedule A nurses and physical therapist, immigrant visa is also available for September 2015,if they have an approved I-140 petition with priority dates earlier than December 22, 2004.

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 December 22, 2004 for the month of September 2015.

Note:   This is not a legal advice.

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