DOS Releases March 2014 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its March 2014 Visa Bulletin.  The Visa Bulletin sets forth per country priority dates that regulate the ability of an individual to file an adjustment of status application or consular process at a U.S. Embassy.  Foreign nationals can file the adjustment application if their priority dates are prior to the cutoff dates specified by the DOS in the Visa Bulletin.

The Mexico F-2A category retrogressed from September 1, 2013 to April 15, 2012 due to continued heavy demand. There was small forward movement in the employment-based second and third categories.  However, the Employment-Based Category Two (EB-2) India is still backlogged to 2004.  The Visa Bulletin also includes projected visa availability for the coming months for both family and employment-based categories.

Visa availability and cutoff dates are determined on a monthly basis by DOS based on anticipated demand. These dates can move forward, backward or remain unchanged. Employers and employees should monitor the monthly Visa Bulletins so they can properly plan their immigration cases.

For more information, or if you have any questions regarding the Visa Bulletin, please feel free to contact us.