December 2014 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) December 2014 Visa Bulletin is now available. As expected, while there is cutoff date movement in some EB categories for December, there is no change at all for the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India.

Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB2)

As usual, the EB2 category is current for all countries, except India and China. The DOS had indicated previously that the cutoff date in EB2 India will remain unchanged for a number of months. So, it comes as no surprise that the EB2 India cutoff date holds steady at February 15, 2005. EB2 China, on the other hand, advances to January 1, 2010.

Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3)

The EB3 worldwide category experiences another significant advancement, to a new cutoff date of November 1, 2012. The same cutoff date applies to both Mexico and the Philippines. EB3 China also advances by several months, to June 1, 2010. Thus, the EB3 China cutoff date remains more favorable than the EB2 China date. Meanwhile, the cutoff date for EB3 India moves slightly, to December 1, 2003.

Other Workers Category

Except for China, the EB3 other workers cutoff dates match the regular EB3 cutoff dates. China’s cutoff date in this EB3 other workers category remains stagnant, at July 22, 2005.

Family-Based, Second Preference “A” (FB2A)

The FB2A category is for spouses and (unmarried, minor) children of lawful permanent residents. FB2A Mexico moves by a few months, to January 1, 2013. The FB2A cutoff dates for all other countries of chargeability advances by three weeks, to March 22, 2013.


The December 2014 Visa Bulletin is consistent with earlier predictions made by the DOS. MurthyDotCom will continue to share visa bulletin updates and predictions as information becomes available.


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