February 2014 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the February 2014 Visa Bulletin. For the most part, there are no major changes in this latest visa bulletin from the previous month. One exception to this is the continued favorable developments for the employment-based, third preference (EB3) category for all countries, except for India.

Family-Based Second Preference “A” (FB2A)

The FB2A category for spouses and (unmarried, minor) children of U.S. lawful permanent residents (LPRs or “green card” holders) continues to have a cutoff date of September 8, 2013 for all countries, except for Mexico. Mexico’s cutoff date of September 1, 2013 is also unchanged.

Employment-Based, First Preference (EB1)

The EB1 category remains current for all countries of chargeability.

Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB2)

As expected, the EB2 category stays current for all countries, other than India and China. The EB2 China cutoff date advances again by a month, to January 8, 2009. India’s cutoff date of November 15, 2004 is unchanged.

Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3)

The EB3 category advances by two months for all countries of chargeability, except for India. The Philippines advances to a cutoff date of April 15, 2007. The cutoff date for all other countries, besides India, moves to June 1, 2012. India’s cutoff date remains unchanged at September 1, 2003.

Other Workers Category

The cutoff dates in the EB3 other workers category match the general EB3 cut off dates.

Employment-Based Fourth (EB4) and Fifth (EB5) Preferences

The EB4 and EB5 categories remain current for every area of chargeability.


As with the visa bulletins for the past several months, the February 2014 Visa Bulletin cutoff dates are consistent with the predictions made late last year by the DOS. MurthyDotCom will continue to provide visa bulletin updates as additional information becomes available.


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