January Visa Bulletin
December 11, 2009
The State Department's first Visa Bulletin for 2010 is out. We can report only glacial movement, and the Department of State's longer term projection for employment-based immigrant visa availability in 2010 is no holiday gift. We think stalactites form faster. Still, in the EB-2 category, Chinese nationals advanced 1 month to May 1, 2005. The EB-3 category also saw forward movement of 1-2 months for all nationalities. Chinese nationals with priority dates of August 1, 2002 and before, Indian nationals with priority dates of June 22, 2001 and before, Mexican nationals with priority dates of July 1, 2002 and before, and Filipino nationals with priority dates of August 1, 2002 and before, now have visa numbers available to them. Nationals of all other countries in the EB-3 category must have priority dates of August 1, 2002 or before for visa availability.
As before, we will continue to monitor the visa bulletin closely, and to advise our clients if visa movement impacts their case.