State Department Visa Bulletin for March 2011
The Worldwide Employment-Based (EB) preference categories remain current for EB-1, EB-2, EB-4 and EB-5.
In the Worldwide EB-3 category (professionals and skilled workers), the dates advance by three months. For Mexico EB-3, the dates move forward by six months. However, for persons born in China and India, the most backlogged countries, the dates advance only three weeks.
The story is even worse in the EB-2 category (professionals with advanced degrees). The majority of EB-2 advanced professionals immigrating to the U.S. were born in India and China. Due to country-based restrictions, the numbers for this category for these people failed to advance at all in March, remaining at May 8, 2006 for Indians and July 8, 2006 for Chinese.
Persons in these backlogged categories are primarily professionals who are presently working in the U.S. in H-1B status. They must constantly renew their H-1B status, wondering when and whether they will ever become lawful permanent residents of the United States.
In the family-based categories, there is little forward movement in March although demand for family-based visas has increased recently. In the family-based 2A category (spouses and children of lawful permanent residents), the backlogs have increased from just a few months in late 2010 to over four years in March.
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