November 2009 Visa Bulletin Update

The November 2009 Bulletin brings mixed news. The State Department’s Visa Bulletin for November 2009 notes that demand from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices has far exceeded earlier indications of cases eligible for immediate processing. As a result, the Department said, it has been necessary to hold most of the employment cut-off dates for November, and it is not possible to provide an estimate of future cut-off date movements.

Regarding the employment fourth preference “certain religious workers” category, the Visa Bulletin notes that the non-minister special immigrant program expires on October 30, 2009. All individuals seeking admission as a non-minister special immigrant must be admitted into the U.S. no later than midnight on October 30, 2009.

This Bulletin brings excellent advancement in the family immigration categories, especially in the Family 1st and Family 2A categories and, for Mexico, in the Family 3rd category, what a relief. Mexico advances to 1 May 1992. The Philippines advances one month to 22 October 1991.

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