26.11.15

Supporting Your Family In UAE

Supporting Your Family In UAE


Supporting Your Family In UAE
Most of the number of inhabitants in the United Arab Emirates is made up of exiles and studies have demonstrated that UAE flourishes because of its expat populace who are spread in every industry and basically run the nation. Without the expat swarm there might be no working population in UAE which might handicap the nation. However the UAE law doesn’t give citizenship to these exiles much after they live in the nation for a lifetime.
At times eras of a family live in UAE and still every a few years they need to experience the tiresome systems of restoration of their visa. A standout amongst the most widely recognized issue which is encountered by most expats is to carry their family to the UAE and in this way this article manages the criteria that one requirements to satisfy to support his or her own particular family to live in UAE.
The precise first address that happens for supporting one’s family is who can one supporter under the extent of ‘gang’. The Resolution of the Cabinet (9) of 1995 Regulating Expatriates Bringing their Families and Servants (hereinafter alluded to as ‘the law’) has given the meaning of a family to incorporate the wife of the individual aiming to support his family, his male kids who are under the age of 18 and his female youngsters who are not wedded.
Further it ought to be noted that if any of these youngsters are seeking after in the schools or higher initiates in the nation then all things considered they are rejected from the extent of family who may be supported. These youngsters are furnished with a visa by the college or the higher foundation from where they are seeking after their instruction.
The main foundation that must be satisfied to support one’s family is the criteria of pay. The pay of the expat planning to support his family must be at least Three Thousand Dirhams (AED 3000) with a procurement for settlement by the executive or on the off chance that convenience is not given by the superintendent then the compensation necessity is expanded to Four Thousand Dirhams (AED 4000).
The compensation is to be demonstrated by a formal testament sanction by the concerned forms in the State.
Folks of an expat are not included inside the extent of “family” characterized under the law yet that doesn’t mean they can’t be supported by the expat. In spite of the fact that the procurements of the law are quiet about supporting one’s guardians, the UAE government does permit the supporting of the folks.
The pay necessity for supporting one’s guardians is expanded from the pay prerequisite which was set for supporting the gang. For supporting one’s parent, the base pay must be of the measure of Six Thousand Dirhams (AED 6000) with convenience gave by the boss and in the management does not accommodate the settlement, the pay prerequisite is expanded to a measure of at least Seven Thousand Dirhams (AED 7000).
The visa obtained thusly for one’s folks is quality for a year and requirements to be reestablished consistently not at all like the family visa which needs to be recharged at regular intervals.
Likewise the reports needed for supporting folks are significantly more than those needed for supporting your ‘gang’. The archives incorporate a Certificate by the pertinent powers proving that you are the sole individual your folks are reliant on. The strategy of supporting your guardians is significantly more convoluted, lengthy and the resultant liabilities are likewise high. Likewise, on the off chance that you wish to support stand out guardian, particularly just your mother, the techniques get significantly more muddled and tiresome.
The UAE government requirements to revise its law and incorporate folks inside the extent of “family” after all Islam advocates for the youngsters to live with and deal with their guardians as the first obligation and obligation.
The UAE is taking real steps in giving equivalent chances to ladies yet concerning supporting the family, just the ladies working in the extraordinary or essential specializations, for example, prescription, designing and showing and the like, of which the State is in immediate necessity of, are recognized to be equivalent to men.
Separated from these ladies, none are permitted to support their family actually when they gain substantially more than the compensation prerequisites specified by the law.
There are a few exemptions made in the pay provision for the supporting one’s crew. Educators, Imam of mosques and evangelists and Drivers of transports used to transport learners of schools, colleges and other experimental establishments are the three classifications of individuals who may support their family actually when they gain less than the obliged Four Thousand Dirhams (AED 4000) without convenience or Three Thousand Dirhams (AED 3000) with settlement.
Furthermore there are a few classes of individuals who are not permitted to support their families much in the wake of satisfying all the compensation criteria. They are the maids and individuals working in comparative positions and the specialists and all the individuals who come surprisingly close to laborers or a comparable class.
The law subsequently is exceptionally dubious in respect to who are incorporated in this classification. This order by the law appears to make a bias between these classes of individuals and accordingly must be corrected.
Separated from family, an individual (a man or lady in the event that she satisfies the criteria talked about above) may additionally support a male or female servant, if the said individual procures a month to month pay of at the very least Six Thousand Dirhams (AED 6000).
The male or female servant so supported is to be paid a month to month compensation of at the very least Four Hundred Dirhams (AED 400) and a measure identical to the servant’s yearly pay is additionally to be paid to the treasury of the State.

23.3.15

Four ways families will pay less tax in 2015

Four ways families will pay less tax in 2015

The Government of Canada has proposed a package of tax cuts and increased benefits to make life more affordable for Canadian families.  Here's how families can put more money in their pockets in 2015:

1. The Family Tax Cut 

The new Family Tax Cut can lower a family's overall tax bill by allowing a spouse to effectively transfer up to $50,000 of taxable income to a spouse in a lower tax bracket for federal tax purposes, providing tax relief up to a maximum of $2,000. This measure is aimed at couples with children under the age of 18, where one spouse is in a higher income tax bracket than the other.
For example, if one spouse earns $75,000 per year and the other earns $15,000, the higher- income earner could effectively transfer $30,000 to the lower-income spouse for federal tax purposes. This would reduce the amount of tax the couple pays by bringing the higher-income spouse into the lowest income tax bracket, resulting in the maximum tax savings of $2,000.
Couples can claim the Family Tax Cut on their 2014 tax returns. To benefit, each spouse must file a tax return, and either spouse may claim the credit.

2. The Universal Child Care Benefit

As part of its family-friendly measures, the Government is also proposing to  enhance the Universal Child Care Benefit. Parents with children under the age of 6 would receive $160 per month, up from $100. In addition, parents with children aged 6 through 17 would receive $60 per month.  
These changes will take effect on January 1, 2015 and be reflected in monthly payments to recipients beginning in July 2015, pending approval of the necessary legislation.  The July 2015 payments would include six months of benefits to cover the January to June 2015 period.  
Parents already receiving payments for children under the age of 6  will automatically receive higher monthly benefits, starting in July 2015.  The July 2015 payment will include up to six months of benefits to cover the January to June 2015 period. 
Parents eligible for the new benefit, for children aged 6 through 17  will begin receiving $60 per month for each eligible child, starting in July 2015. The July 2015 payment will include six months of benefits to cover the January to June 2015 period.  
 How do parents qualify? By completing the Canada Child Benefits Application form. Parents who have already completed this form to access other child-related benefits do not have to resubmit the form unless their family situation has changed.  

3. The Child Care Expense Deduction

Parents incurring child care expenses to go to work or school can deduct child care expenses from their income when filing their tax returns. 
Starting in the 2015 taxation year, the Government has proposed that the maximum dollar amount that can be claimed each year increase by $1,000. The new maximum dollar limits would be:
•    $8,000 per child under age 7;
•    $5,000 per child aged 7 to 16 (and for infirm dependent children over age 16); and
•    $11,000 for children who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit. 

4. The Children's Fitness Tax Credit

If parents have kids enrolled in sports, they can now claim expenses of up to $1,000 per year for each eligible child. That's double what they could have claimed previously. 
Parents can take advantage of the new $1,000 limit when they file their tax returns for 2014.
Starting in 2015, the credit will become refundable, which means that families with incomes too low to be taxable will also benefit when they file their 2015 tax returns.

24.2.15

USCIS Processing Time Information for the Vermont Service Center February 11, 2015

Instructions for Using the Chart

The chart will show most of the types of forms processed at the field office or service center. You can select the form type that applies to your case from the drop-down menu.
If the field office or service center is meeting its goal for processing a form, you will find the timeframe listed in months. For example, if the office is processing Form N-400 naturalization applications in five months or less, then the chart will say "5 months." However, if the office is experiencing a processing delay, you will find the filing date of the last case that the office completed before updating the chart.

Important Information About Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

You can now submit inquiries about the status of your Form I-765 after your case has been pending more than 75 days.
  • Please note that for Form I-765 category (c)(8), based on a pending asylum application, the processing timeframes listed only apply to an initial filing.
  • Please note that the 90-day period for adjudicating Form I-765 category (c)(33) filed together with Form I-821D, requesting deferred action for childhood arrivals, does not begin until we have made a decision on your request for deferred action.
 
Field Office Processing Dates for Vermont Service Center as of: December 31, 2014
FormTitleClassification or Basis for Filing:Processing Timeframe:
I-102Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival/Departure RecordInitial issuance or replacement of a Form I-942.5 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerBlanket L2 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B - Specialty occupation - Visa to be issued abroad07 April 2014
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B - Specialty occupation - Change of status in the U.S.07 April 2014
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B - Specialty occupation - Extension of stay in the U.S.2 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-2B - Other temporary workers1 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-3 - Temporary trainees2 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerL - Intracompany transfers24 November 2014
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerO - Extraordinary ability2 Weeks
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerP - Athletes, artists, and entertainers2 Weeks
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerQ - Cultural exchange visitors and exchange visitors participating in the Irish Peace process2 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerR - Religious occupation5 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerTN - North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional2 Months
I-129FPetition for Alien Fiance(e)K-1/K-2 - Not yet married - fiance and/or dependent child05 May 2014
I-130Petition for Alien RelativePermanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 2130 September 2013
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 215 Months
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 2103 September 2012
I-130Petition for Alien RelativePermanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 2103 September 2012
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 2103 September 2012
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for a brother or sister31 October 2011
I-131Application for Travel DocumentAll other applicants for advance parole3 Months
I-212Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or RemovalReadmission after deportation or removal26 May 2014
I-360Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special ImmigrantAll other special immigrants07 April 2014
I-360Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special ImmigrantViolence Against Women Act (VAWA)5 Months
I-485Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust StatusEmployment-based adjustment applications07 July 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange status to the F or M academic or vocational student categories16 August 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange of status to H or L dependents16 August 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange Status to the J exchange visitor category16 August 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusAll other change of status applications16 August 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of Stay for F or M academic or vocational students16 August 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of stay for H and L dependents16 August 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of Stay for J exchange visitors16 August 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusAll other extension applications16 August 2014
I-612Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence RequirementApplication for a waiver of the 2-year foreign residence requirement based on exceptional hardship or persecution4 Months
I-751Petition to Remove the Conditions on ResidenceRemoval of lawful permanent resident conditions (spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents6 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on a request by a qualified F-1 academic student. [(c)(3)]3 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on a pending asylum application [(c)(8)]20 October 2014
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]3 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on TPS for El Salvador [(c)(19)(a)(12)]3 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on an approved, concurrently filed, I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (c)(33).90 Days
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationAll other applications for employment authorization3 Months
I-817Application for Family Unity BenefitsVoluntary departure under the family unity program6 Months
I-821Application for Temporary Protected StatusEl Salvador extension3 Months
I-821Application for Temporary Protected StatusEl Salvador initial or late filing3 Months
I-821DConsideration of Deferred Action for Childhood ArrivalsRequest for Deferred Action6 Months
I-821DConsideration of Deferred Action for Childhood ArrivalsRenewal28 July 2014
I-824Application for Action on an Approved Application or PetitionTo request further action on an approved application or petition11 August 2014
I-914Application for T Non-immigrant StatusProvide temporary immigration benefits to an alien who is a victim of trafficking in persons, and immediate family4 Months
I-918Petition for U Non-immigrant StatusProvide temporary immigration benefits to an alien who is a victim of qualifying criminal activity, and their qualifying family04 March 2014
 

9.2.15

USCIS Processing Time Information for the Vermont Service Center

USCIS Processing Time Information for the Vermont Service Center

U.S. Department of Homeland Security seal, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services logo
Posted: January 20, 2015

Instructions for Using the Chart

The chart will show most of the types of forms processed at the field office or service center. You can select the form type that applies to your case from the drop-down menu.
If the field office or service center is meeting its goal for processing a form, you will find the timeframe listed in months. For example, if the office is processing Form N-400 naturalization applications in five months or less, then the chart will say "5 months." However, if the office is experiencing a processing delay, you will find the filing date of the last case that the office completed before updating the chart.

Important Information About Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

You can now submit inquiries about the status of your Form I-765 after your case has been pending more than 75 days.
  • Please note that for Form I-765 category (c)(8), based on a pending asylum application, the processing timeframes listed only apply to an initial filing.
  • Please note that the 90-day period for adjudicating Form I-765 category (c)(33) filed together with Form I-821D, requesting deferred action for childhood arrivals, does not begin until we have made a decision on your request for deferred action.
 
Field Office Processing Dates for Vermont Service Center as of: November 30, 2014
FormTitleClassification or Basis for Filing:Processing Timeframe:
I-102Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival/Departure RecordInitial issuance or replacement of a Form I-942.5 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerBlanket L2 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B - Specialty occupation - Visa to be issued abroad07 April 2014
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B - Specialty occupation - Change of status in the U.S.07 April 2014
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-1B - Specialty occupation - Extension of stay in the U.S.2 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-2B - Other temporary workers1 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerH-3 - Temporary trainees2 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerL - Intracompany transfers1 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerO - Extraordinary ability2 Weeks
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerP - Athletes, artists, and entertainers2 Weeks
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerQ - Cultural exchange visitors and exchange visitors participating in the Irish Peace process2 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerR - Religious occupation5 Months
I-129Petition for A Nonimmigrant WorkerTN - North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional2 Months
I-129FPetition for Alien Fiance(e)K-1/K-2 - Not yet married - fiance and/or dependent child05 May 2014
I-130Petition for Alien RelativePermanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 2130 September 2013
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 215 Months
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 2103 September 2012
I-130Petition for Alien RelativePermanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 2103 September 2012
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 2103 September 2012
I-130Petition for Alien RelativeU.S. citizen filing for a brother or sister07 November 2011
I-131Application for Travel DocumentAll other applicants for advance parole3 Months
I-212Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or RemovalReadmission after deportation or removal12 May 2014
I-360Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special ImmigrantAll other special immigrants03 March 2014
I-360Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special ImmigrantViolence Against Women Act (VAWA)5 Months
I-485Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust StatusEmployment-based adjustment applications26 May 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange status to the F or M academic or vocational student categories16 August 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange of status to H or L dependents16 August 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusChange Status to the J exchange visitor category16 August 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusAll other change of status applications16 August 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of Stay for F or M academic or vocational students16 August 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of stay for H and L dependents16 August 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusExtension of Stay for J exchange visitors16 August 2014
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusAll other extension applications16 August 2014
I-612Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence RequirementApplication for a waiver of the 2-year foreign residence requirement based on exceptional hardship or persecution4 Months
I-730Refugee/Asylee Relative PetitionPetition for accompanying family members of a refugee or an asylee5 Months
I-751Petition to Remove the Conditions on ResidenceRemoval of lawful permanent resident conditions (spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents6 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on a request by a qualified F-1 academic student. [(c)(3)]3 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on a pending asylum application [(c)(8)]29 September 2014
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]3 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on TPS for El Salvador [(c)(19)(a)(12)]14 July 2014
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on an approved, concurrently filed, I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (c)(33).90 Days
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationAll other applications for employment authorization3 Months
I-817Application for Family Unity BenefitsVoluntary departure under the family unity program6 Months
I-821Application for Temporary Protected StatusEl Salvador extension14 July 2014
I-821Application for Temporary Protected StatusEl Salvador initial or late filing14 July 2014
I-821DConsideration of Deferred Action for Childhood ArrivalsRequest for Deferred Action6 Months
I-821DConsideration of Deferred Action for Childhood ArrivalsRenewal15 August 2014
I-824Application for Action on an Approved Application or PetitionTo request further action on an approved application or petition04 August 2014
I-914Application for T Non-immigrant StatusProvide temporary immigration benefits to an alien who is a victim of trafficking in persons, and immediate family4 Months
I-918Petition for U Non-immigrant StatusProvide temporary immigration benefits to an alien who is a victim of qualifying criminal activity, and their qualifying family10 December 2013
 
USA Visa Bulletin For February 2015

USA Visa Bulletin For February 2015

U.S. Department of Homeland Security seal, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services logo
A. STATUTORY NUMBERS
1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during February. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status.  Allocations were made, to the extent possible, in chronological order of reported priority dates, for demand received by January 9th.  If not all demand could be satisfied, the category or foreign state in which demand was excessive was deemed oversubscribed.  The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached within the numerical limits.  Only applicants who have a priority date earlier than the cut-off date may be allotted a number.  If it becomes necessary during the monthly allocation process to retrogress a cut-off date, supplemental requests for numbers will be honored only if the priority date falls within the new cut-off date announced in this bulletin. If at any time an annual limit were reached, it would be necessary to immediately make the preference category "unavailable", and no further requests for numbers would be honored.
2.  Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets an annual minimum family-sponsored preference limit of 226,000. The worldwide level for annual employment-based preference immigrants is at least 140,000. Section 202 prescribes that the per-country limit for preference immigrants is set at 7% of the total annual family-sponsored and employment-based preference limits, i.e., 25,620. The dependent area limit is set at 2%, or 7,320.
3.  INA Section 203(e) provides that family-sponsored and employment-based preference visas be issued to eligible immigrants in the order in which a petition in behalf of each has been filed.  Section 203(d) provides that spouses and children of preference immigrants are entitled to the same status, and the same order of consideration, if accompanying or following to join the principal.  The visa prorating provisions of Section 202(e) apply to allocations for a foreign state or dependent area when visa demand exceeds the per-country limit.  These provisions apply at present to the following oversubscribed chargeability areas:  CHINA-mainland born, INDIA, MEXICO, and PHILIPPINES.
4.  Section 203(a) of the INA prescribes preference classes for allotment of Family-sponsored immigrant visas as follows:   
FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES
First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.
Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers:
A. (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents:  77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;
B. (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents:  23% of the overall second preference limitation.
Third: (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.
Fourth: (F4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens:  65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.
On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); "C" means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants; and "U" means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available. (NOTE:  Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.) 
Family-SponsoredAll Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedCHINA-mainland bornINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F122JUL0722JUL07 22JUL0701OCT9408JAN05
F2A08MAY1308MAY1308MAY1322APR1308MAY13
F2B22MAY0822MAY0822MAY0815DEC94 22FEB04
F301JAN0401JAN0401JAN0415JAN9415JUL93
F415APR0215APR0215APR0222APR9708AUG91
*NOTE:  For February, F2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 22APR13.  F2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 22APR13 and earlier than 08MAY13.  (All F2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit; there are no F2A numbers for MEXICO subject to per-country limit.) 
5.  Section 203(b) of the INA prescribes preference classes for allotment of Employment-based immigrant visas as follows: 
EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES
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.
On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); "C" means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants; and "U" means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available.  (NOTE:  Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.) 
Employment- Based
All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed
CHINA - mainland bornINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
1stCCCCC
2ndC15MAR1001SEP05CC
3rd01JAN1401SEP1122DEC0301JAN1401JAN14
Other Workers01JAN1415AUG0522DEC0301JAN1401JAN14
4thCCCCC
Certain Religious WorkersCCCCC
5th
Targeted
Employment
Areas/
Regional Centers
and Pilot Programs
CCCCC
*Employment Third Preference Other Workers Category:  Section 203(e) of the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997, as amended by Section 1(e) of Pub. L. 105-139, provides that once the Employment Third Preference Other Worker (EW) cut-off date has reached the priority date of the latest EW petition approved prior to November 19, 1997, the 10,000 EW numbers available for a fiscal year are to be reduced by up to 5,000 annually beginning in the following fiscal year.  This reduction is to be made for as long as necessary to offset adjustments under the NACARA program.  Since the EW cut-off date reached November 19, 1997 during Fiscal Year 2001, the reduction in the EW annual limit to 5,000 began in Fiscal Year 2002.
6.  The Department of State has a recorded message with the cut-off date information which can be heard at:  (202) 485-7699.  This recording is updated on or about the tenth of each month with information on cut-off dates for the following month.
B.  DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT (DV) CATEGORY FOR THE MONTH 
     OF FEBRUARY
 
Section 203(c) of the INA provides up to 55,000 immigrant visas each fiscal year to permit additional immigration opportunities for persons from countries with low admissions during the previous five years. The NACARA stipulates that beginning with DV-99, and for as long as necessary, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under the NACARA program. This resulted in reduction of the DV-2015 annual limit to 50,000. DV visas are divided among six geographic regions.  No one country can receive more than seven percent of the available diversity visas in any one year.
For February, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2015 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:
RegionAll DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately
AFRICA26,000Except:
Egypt:    12,000
Ethiopia: 15,500
ASIA3,825

EUROPE20,500
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)5
OCEANIA775
SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN
875
Entitlement to immigrant status in the DV category lasts only through the end of the fiscal (visa) year for which the applicant is selected in the lottery.  The year of entitlement for all applicants registered for the DV-2015 program ends as of September 30, 2015.  DV visas may not be issued to DV-2015 applicants after that date.  Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2015 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2015.  DV visa availability through the very end of
FY-2015 cannot be taken for granted.  Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30.
C.  THE DIVERSITY (DV) IMMIGRANT CATEGORY RANK CUT-OFFS 
     WHICH WILL APPLY IN MARCH
For March, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2015 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:
RegionAll DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately
AFRICA27,800Except:
Egypt:      15,700
Ethiopia:   18,900
ASIA4,300
EUROPE24,000
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)6
OCEANIA875
SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN
925
D.  VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS
FAMILY-sponsored categories (potential monthly movement)
Worldwide dates:
F1: Up to three weeks
F2A: Three or four weeks
F2B: Three to six weeks
F3: Up to three weeks
F4: Two to four weeks
EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential monthly movement)
Employment First: Current
Employment Second:
Worldwide: Current
China:        Three to six weeks
India:         Four to six months
Employment Third:
Worldwide: Rapid forward movement for at least another month or two. The rapid movement in recent months should generate a significant amount of demand for numbers. Once such demand materializes at the anticipated rate it will have a direct impact on this cut-off date. 
China:        Rapid forward movement. Such movement is likely to result
                 in a dramatic increase in demand which could require
                 "corrective" action within the next six months.
India:         Up to two weeks
Mexico:       Will remain at the worldwide date
Philippines:  Will remain at the worldwide date. Increased demand may
                  require "corrective" action at some point later in the
                  fiscal year. 
Employment Fourth: Current
Employment Fifth: Current - for most countries. The expected increase in
                            China-mainland born demand would require the
                            establishment of a cut-off date for such applicants
                            no later than the summer months. 
                         
                            The category will remain "Current" for all other countries
                            for the foreseeable future. 
The above projections for the Family and Employment categories indicate what is likely to happen on a monthly basis through May based on current applicant demand patterns. Readers should never assume that recent trends in cut-off date movements are guaranteed for the future, or that "corrective" action will not be required at some point in an effort to maintain number use within the applicable annual limits. The determination of the actual monthly cut-off dates is subject to monthly fluctuations in applicant demand and a number of other variables. 
E.  OBTAINING THE MONTHLY VISA BULLETIN
To be placed on the Department of State’s E-mail subscription list for the “Visa Bulletin”, please send an E-mail to the following E-mail address:
and in the message body type:
Subscribe Visa-Bulletin 
(example: Subscribe Visa-Bulletin)
To be removed from the Department of State’s E-mail subscription list for the “Visa Bulletin”, send an e-mail message to the following E-mail address:
and in the message body type: Signoff Visa-Bulletin
The Department of State also has available a recorded message with visa cut-off dates which can be heard at: (202) 485-7699. The recording is normally updated on/about the 10th of each month with information on cut-off dates for the following month.
Readers may submit questions regarding Visa Bulletin related items by E-mail at the following address:
(This address cannot be used to subscribe to the Visa Bulletin.)
Department of State Publication 9514
CA/VO:   January 9, 2015
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