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November 2014 Visa Bulletin Commentary

Author : Tahmina Watson

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TheNovember 2014 visa bulletin was released today. Here is what my readers are looking for:

For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico:F2A category advances 29 days taking the priority date to 1 March 2013;F2B preference advances 62 days with PD at 1 January 2008; F4 category advances 18 days taking PD to 8 February 2002; EB2 is currentand, andEB3 advances a huge 8 months (245 days) to PD at 1 June 2012.

For India only:F2A category advances 29 days taking the priority date to 1 March 2013;F2B preference advances 62 days with PD at 1 January 2008 ; F4 category advances 18 days taking PD to 8 February 2002; EB2 India sees great retrogression of 4 years, 2 months and 17 days, moving PD at 15 February 2005and EB3 sees 7 days advancement taking priority date to 22 November 2003.

I am sorry for those who see their priorities dates retrogress. However, those who can file the adjustment applications should start preparing and aim to file on the 1st of the month. Good luck.

We will report on the December 2014 visa bulletin when it is released.

Notes from the visa bulletin.


Increased demand in the INDIA Employment-based Second preference category has required the retrogression of this cut-off date to hold number use within the fiscal year 2015 annual limit.


FAMILY-sponsored categories (potential monthly movement)

Worldwide dates:

F1: Two to three weeks
F2A: Three to five weeks
F2B: Six to eight weeks
F3: One to three weeks
F4: Two or four weeks

EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential monthly movement)

Employment First: Current

Employment Second:

Worldwide: Current
China: Three to five weeks
India: No forward movement

Employment Third:

Worldwide: Continued rapid forward movement for the next several months. After such rapid advance of the cut-off date applicant demand for number use, particularly for adjustment of status cases, is expected to increase significantly. Once such demand begins to materialize at a greater rate it will impact this cut-off date situation.

China: Rapid forward movement. Such movement is likely to result in increased demand which may require “corrective” action possibly as early as February.

India: Little if any movement
Mexico: Will remain at the worldwide date
Philippines: Will remain at the worldwide date. Increased demand may require “corrective” action at some point later in the fiscal year.

Employment Fourth: Current

Employment Fifth: Current
The above projections for the Family and Employment categories indicate what is likely to happen during each of the next three months based on current applicant demand patterns. Readers should never assume that recent trends in cut-off date movements are guaranteed for the future, or that “corrective” action will not be required at some point in an effort to maintain number use within the applicable annual limits. The determination of the actual monthly cut-off dates is subject to fluctuations in applicant demand and a number of other variables.

About Author
Tahmina Watson is an immigration attorney and founder of Watson Immigration Law in Seattle Washington. She was a practicing barrister in London, UK, before immigrating to the United States herself. While her practice includes family-based and employment-based immigration, she has a strong focus on immigrant entrepreneurs and start-up companies. She can be contacted at You can visit to learn about Tahmina and her practice.



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