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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

DECEMBER VISA BULLETIN OUT

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Some okay news on family visas. Generally bad news on employment numbers. Here are the highlights:



Family 1st - Advancement of worldwide, China and India numbers by
three weeks to 22 May 2002. Mexico moves up a week to 22 September 1992
and the Philippines moves up a month to 1 June 1993.



Family 2A - Worldwide, India, China and the Philippines numbers
advance almost two months to 1 April 2004. Mexico jumps two weeks to 1
August 2001



Family 2B - Worldwide, India and China numbers advance one month to
15 February 2000. Mexico moves a week to 1 May 1992. The
Philippines advance one month to 15 July 1997.



Family 3rd - Three week advance for Worldwide, India and China to 22
July 2002. One week advance for Mexico to 1 October 1992. One
week advance for the Philippines to 15 May 1991.



Family 4th - Worldwide numbers advance six weeks to 1 January 1998. China moves five weeks to 15 July 1997. India advances seven weeks
to 15 September 1997. Mexico moves three weeks forward to 15 February 1995. The
Philippines moves up three weeks to 15 April 1986.



Employment 1st - All categories remain current.



Employment 2nd - Worldwide, Mexico and the Philippines remain
current. India remains stalled at 1 June 2003. China remains stalled at 1 June 2004.



Employment 3rd skilled/professional workers - All numbers are stalled and there is no movement. Worldwide and Filipino
numbers are at 1 May 2005. China is at 1 February 2002. India is at 1 October
2001. Mexico is at 1 September 2002.



Employment 3rd unskilled - All numbers remain stalled 15 January 2003.



Employment 4th - The "other religious workers" category is current again reflecting Congress' extension of the category until next March.



EB-5 remains current.

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  1. India-EB3-Stuck for ever in 2001's Avatar
    Direct copy of the November Bulletin with no changes in the Employment category except for "certain religious category".

    Greg, do you think January bulletin will bring good news for EB3 - India ? Or is it still going to be this kind of a stalemate ?
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    I think the numbers will gradually start to get better as the 245i cases from 2001 and the increased numbers of H-1Bs from the years when the cap was higher earlier in this decade start to work their way through. Recessions also tend to have the effect of speeding things up as many employers decide not to pursue green card applications (though we won't start to see this particular change in the numbers probably for a few years).
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