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February 2005 Visa Bulletin

For January 2005 Visa Bulletin, please click here: http://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2005/visa-bulletin-january-2005.aspx

February 2005 Visa Bulletin has been released (valid from February 1 to February 28 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 CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
Family      
1st 22JAN01 22JAN01 22JAN01 22OCT94 15OCT90
2A* 01OCT00 01OCT00 01OCT00 15NOV97 01OCT00
2B 22AUG95 22AUG95 22AUG95 22FEB92 22AUG95
3rd 08JAN98 08JAN98 08JAN98 22MAR95 01JUN90
4th 08JAN93 08JAN93 15MAY92 08JAN93 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 CH IN ME PH
Employment-Based          
1st C C C C C
2nd C C C C C
3rd C 01JAN02 01JAN02 C 01JAN02
Other Workers C C C C C
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th C C C C C
Targeted Employment Areas/Regional Centers C 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. POTENTIAL OVERSUBSCRIPTION OF THE EMPLOYMENT-BASED THIRD PREFERENCE “OTHER WORKER” CATEGORY

During fiscal year 2005, 5,000 visa numbers are provided by law for use in the Employment-based Third preference “Other Worker” (EW) category. This annual limit is divided into twelve approximately equal monthly allotments. If there are sufficient numbers to satisfy all demand, the category can be considered "current". Whenever demand exceeds the supply of numbers available for allotment in a particular month, the category must be considered to be “oversubscribed” and a visa availability cut-off date is established.

Continued heavy applicant demand, primarily for CIS adjustment of status cases, is expected to require the oversubscription of the EW category in the near future. This action will be necessary in order to hold EW number use within the FY-2005 annual numerical limit. The establishment of an EW cut-off date beginning as early as March cannot be ruled out, and would apply to all chargeability areas.


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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