First:  Priority Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

Second:  Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.

Third:  Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to “*Other Workers”.

Fourth:  Certain Special Immigrants:  7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth:  Employment Creation:  7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of Pub. L. 102-395.

 

FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

Employment-based All Charge-
ability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C C
2nd C 22SEP12 C 01FEB08 C C
3rd 01JUL16 01JUL13 01JUL16 15MAR05 01JUL16 01JUN11
Other Workers 01JUL16 01NOV05 01JUL16 15MAR05 01JUL16 01JUN11
4th C C 15JUL15 C 15JUL15 C
Certain Religious Workers C C 15JUL15 C 15JUL15 C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 22MAR14 C C C C
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 22MAR14 C C C C


DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED 
VISA APPLICATIONS

Employment-based All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO  PHILIPPINES 
1st C C C C C
2nd C 01MAR13 22APR09 C C
3rd C 01MAY14 01JUL05 C 01SEP13
Other Workers C 01AUG09 01JUL05 C 01SEP13
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 15JUN14 C C C
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 15JUN14 C C C

 

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