Visa Bulletin for January 2009
The following January 2009 visa bulletin was released by U.S. Department of State. The dates in the visa bulletin represent the earliest priority date that will be processed during the month the visa bulletin is issued for. Certain high demand countries such as China (Mainland Born), India, Mexico and Philippines have a much longer wait time compared to the rest of the world (ROW).

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"C" means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants.
"U" means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available. 
Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.

Family-Sponsored Preferences

Family-Sponsored All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 06/15/2002 06/15/2002 06/15/2002 10/01/1992 07/15/1993
F2A 05/15/2004 05/15/2004 05/15/2004 08/15/2001 05/15/2004
F2B 03/22/2000 03/22/2000 03/22/2000 05/01/1992 09/01/1997
F3 08/01/2000 08/01/2000 08/01/2000 10/01/1992 05/22/1991
F4 02/08/1998 08/22/1997 11/01/1997 03/08/1995 05/01/1986


In the above table, the categories listed are as follows:
F1 - Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens
F2A - Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents
F2B - Unmarried Sons and Daughters
F3 - Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens
F4 - Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens

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Employment-Based Preferences

Employment-Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C
2nd C 07/08/2004 07/01/2003 C C
3rd 05/01/2005 06/01/2002 10/15/2001 11/15/2002 05/01/2005
Other Workers 03/15/2003 03/15/2003 03/15/2003 03/15/2003 03/15/2003
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th C C C C C
5th Targeted Employment Areas C C C C C
Iraq Afghan Translators - - - -

In the above table, the categories listed are as follows:
EB1 - Priority Workers
EB2 - Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability
EB3 - Skilled Workers and Professionals
EB3-Other - Other Unskilled Workers
EB4 - Certain Special Immigrants
EB4-Religious - Religious Workers
EB4 - Iraq and Afghan Translators
EB5 - Employment Creation
EB5 - Targeted Employment Areas
EB5 - Pilot Programs

Further information on visa bulletin preferences

       
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