June 2015 visa bulletin commentary

The June 2015 visa bulletin was released this week. Here is our commentary.

For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category advances 31 days to priority date at 1 October 2013, no movement in F2B preference with PD at 15 September 2008; F4 category advanced 28 days to PD at 8 September 2002; EB2 is current and, and EB3 moves forward 32d to PD at 15 February 2015.

For India only: F2A category advances 31 days to priority date at 1 October 2013, F2B preference does not move with PD at 15 September 2008 ; F4 category advanced 28 days to PD at 8 September 2002;  movement in EB2 where PD advances 5 months 17 day  at 1 October 2008; EB3 advances 8 days taking PD to 22 January 2004.

Note in the bulletin about further retrogression:

D.  VISA RETROGRESSION OF MEXICO AND PHILIPPINES
CUT-OFF DATES

Mexico:

Family-sponsored Fourth preference: It has been necessary to slightly retrogress this cut-off date to March 1, 1997 in an attempt to hold number use within the annual limit.

Philippines:

Family-sponsored First preference: This cut-off date had been advanced very rapidly during the past year in an effort to generate sufficient demand to fully utilize all available numbers. The resulting increase in demand has required the retrogression of this cut-off date for the month of June, in an attempt to hold number use within the annual limit for this preference category.

Employment-based Third and Third Other Worker preference: Continued heavy applicant demand for numbers has required a second retrogression of these cut-off dates. Further corrective action cannot be ruled out.
Please Note: Applicants entitled to immigrant status become documentarily qualified at their own initiative and convenience. By no means has every applicant with a priority date earlier than a prevailing cut-off date been processed for final visa action. On the contrary, visa allotments are made only on the basis of the total applicants reported documentarily qualified each month, compared with the amount of available numbers under the respective annual limits. For example, during the past month, over 20,000 applicants who have become documentarily qualified in the Family preference categories have priority dates earlier than the cut-off dates established for May. Demand for visa numbers can fluctuate from one month to another, with the inevitable impact on cut-off dates.

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