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December 2004 Visa Bulletin

For November 2004 Visa Bulletin, please click here: http://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2004/visa-bulletin-november-2004.aspx

December 2004 Visa Bulletin has been released (valid from December 1 to December 31 only). Please see below for more details.

Family Based:
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.

All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
Family



1st 22NOV00 22NOV00 15JUL94 15OCT90
2A* 01JUL00 01JUL00 22SEP97 01JUL00
2B 22JUL95 22JUL95 01JAN92 22JUL95
3rd 01DEC97 01DEC97 01JUL94 01JUN90
4th 08OCT92 15FEB92 08OCT92 22SEP82
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.

Employment Based:
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.

All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
Employment-Based



1st C C C C
2nd C C C C
3rd C C C C
Other Workers C C C C
4th C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C
5th C C C C
Targeted Employment Areas/Regional Centers C C C C
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.

Special Notice from USCIS:(Show/Hide)

D. EMPLOYMENT THIRD PREFERENCE VISA AVAILABILITY IN JANUARY

In recent months we have been experiencing very heavy applicant demand in the Employment categories as the Citizenship and Immigration Service has begun to address their backlog of cases. Section 201(a)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act states that not more than twenty-seven percent of the Employment annual limit may be used in each of the first three quarters of a fiscal year. Based on the current rate of demand it is likely that we will exceed twenty-seven percent of annual limit during the first quarter of FY-2005. Therefore, it may be necessary to impose an Employment Third preference cut-off date for January, to limit number use during the second quarter. At this time it is not possible to offer any estimate regarding what that cut-off date might be, but it is likely to apply only to the following chargeability areas: China-mainland born, India, and the Philippines.


Also See:
      Next Steps: If priority date is current and

      1. If applicant is inside US, they will have to file I-485: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/04/how-to-file-i-485-application.html

      2. If applicant is outside US, it will be sent to NVC: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/09/nvc-consular-processing-steps.html

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