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US Visa Availability March 2009

March 2, 2009

Each month, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issue the visa availability of those who wish to immigrate (family-based application) or work (employment based application) in America. For the month of March 2009 here are the abridged priority dates:

FAMILY CATEGORIES March

Categories—-Worldwide—-China (PRC)—-India——-Mexico—–Philippines
1st————07-22-02—–07-22-02——-07-22-02—-10-08-92—07-15-93
2A————07-01-04—–07-01-04——-07-01-04—-10-15-01—07-01-04
2B————06-22-00—–06-22-00——-06-22-00—-05-01-92—12-01-97
3rd———–08-08-00—–08-08-00——-08-08-00—-10-15-02—06-08-91
4th———–03-01-98——11-15-97——–03-01-98—-04-08-95—05-15-86

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORIES

Categories— Worldwide—-China (PRC)—-India—–Mexico—–Philippines
1st————–Current——Current———Current—Current—-Current
2nd————Current——02-15-05——–02-15-04—Current—-Current
3rd————05-01-05—–10-22-02——–10-15-01—08-15-03—05-01-05
Unskilled—–03-15-03—–10-22-02———10-15-01–03-15-03—03-15-03
4th————Current——Current———-Current—Current—-Current
Religious—–Current——Current———-Current—Current—-Current
5th————-Current——Current———-Current—Current—-Current

For detailed information I suggest the websites: State Department Visa Bulletin—http://travel.state.gov/; http://shusterman.com/vb.html (Photo Credit: Yuhuru1701)

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US Visa Availability February 2009

February 2, 2009

Each month, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issue the visa availability of those who wish to immigrate (family-based application) or work (employment based application) in America. For the month of January 2009 here are the abridged priority dates:

FAMILY CATEGORIES

Categories–Worldwide—China (PRC)—-India———-Mexico———Philippines
1st———07-08-02—-07-08-02——07-08-02——–10-08-92——–07-15-93
2A———-06-01-04—-06-01-04——06-01-04——–09-22-01——–06-01-04
2B———-05-08-00—-05-08-00——05-08-00——–05-01-92——–10-15-97
3rd———08-01-00—-08-01-00——08-01-00——–10-08-92——–06-01-91
4th———02-15-98—-09-22-97——01-15-98——–03-22-95——–05-01-86

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORIES

Categories—-Worldwide——–China (PRC)——India—–Mexico—–Philippines
1st————-Current———-Current————Current—Current—–Current
2nd————-Current———01-01-05———01-01-04—Current—–Current
3rd————-05-01-05——–10-01-02——–10-15-01–04-01-03—-05-01-05
Unskilled——-03-15-03——–10-01-02——–10-15-01–10-15-01—-03-15-03
4th————-Current———–Current———Current—Current——Current
Religious——-Current———-Current———Current—-Current—–Current
5th————-Current———–Current———Current—Current——Current

For detailed information I suggest the websites: State Department Visa Bulletin—http://travel.state.gov/; http://shusterman.com/vb.html (Photo Credit: Yuhuru1701 PD)

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US Visa Availability January 2009

January 6, 2009

Each month, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issue the visa availability of those who wish to immigrate (family-based application) or work (employment based application) in America. For the month of January 2009 here are the abridged priority dates:

FAMILY CATEGORIES

Categories—-Worldwide—-China (PRC)—-India——-Mexico—–Philippines
1st————06-15-02—–06-15-02——-06-15-02—-10-01-92—07-15-93
2A————05-15-04—–05-15-04——-05-15-04—-08-15-01—05-15-04
2B————03-22-00—–03-22-00——-03-22-00—-05-01-92—09-01-97
3rd———–08-01-00—–08-01-00——-08-01-00—-10-01-92—05-22-91
4th———–02-08-98—–08-22-97——-11-01-97—-03-08-95—05-01-86

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORIES

Categories— Worldwide—-China (PRC)—-India—–Mexico—–Philippines
1st————–Current——Current———Current—Current—-Current
2nd————Current——07-08-04——–07-01-03–Current—-Current
3rd———–05-01-05—–06-01-02——–10-15-01–11-15-02—05-01-05
Unskilled—–03-15-03—–03-15-03———03-15-03–03-15-03—03-15-03
4th————Current——Current———-Current—Current—-Current
Religious—–Current——Current———-Current—Current—-Current
5th————Current——Current———-Current—Current—-Current

For detailed information I suggesgt the websites: State Department Visa Bulletin—http://travel.state.gov/; http://shusterman.com/vb.html (Photo Credit: Yuhuru1701)

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Disgruntled "Santa Claus" goes on a massacre spree

December 26, 2008

Santa Claus did not come to cheer the family in Covina, California on the eve of Christmas. Instead, Bruce Pardo, a 45-year old recent divorcee with marital problems personified a costumed Santa Claus visiting with incendiary device and weapons concealed in a Christmas gift. The angry man gunned down an 8-year old girl who opened the door of his former wife’s home. The bloody shooting was intended as revenge against his ex and her parents.

The event which followed became a gruesome killing spree, causing the deaths of at least 9 people including his former wife. Some party-goers sustained injuries and were brought to the hospital. Before Pardo left, he set the house on fire leaving charred bodies on the scene.

Coming out of his red Santa Claus garb, Pardo drove away. He was later found dead with a single self-inflicted gunshot wound in his brother’s home in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles, CA on Christmas day, 25 miles away from the crime scene.

Such tragedy must not be the message of Christmas, but an incident of such brutality and senselessness happens. Marital and family problems need not end in this manner. It makes us ponder of the dark soul that ails some people today. (Photo Credit: AP/ Covina Police Department; blue_fam) =0=

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Fecund birth and elderly parturition

December 19, 2008

The arrival of a baby is one of the happiest moments of a family. It is even happier for the Duggar family in Arkansas that welcomes Jordyn-Grace Makiya, a 7 pound, 3 ounces baby girl, the 18th member of the brood. Jim Bob Duggar and wife Michele who are devoted to parenting have now 10 sons and eight daughters. “The ultimate gift from God,” said the ecstatic father whose baby was born by caesarean section (CS) on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, AK.

In India, a similarly happy couple celebrates the birth of their healthy daughter after a pregnancy that was made possible by fertility treatment. At 70 years old, two decades beyond the usual age of menopause, Rajo Devi delivered by CS at the National Fertility Center in Hisar, India, Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. She and husband Bala Ram, 72, had been trying to have a baby for about ten years in a community which bears stigma on childless couples.

Because of modern technology, changing cultural norms, and individual preferences, more couples like the Duggars and the Rams are able to decide on unusual choices of family size and age of childbearing. It is unclear what these choices will bring to their children of the future. (Photo Credit: AP/ Beth Hall; AP /Devendra Uppal) =0=

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The Traditional man-woman marriage

November 10, 2008

Love the family! Defend and promote it as the basic cell of human
society; nurture it as the prime sanctuary of life. Give great care to the
preparation of engaged couples and be close to young married couples, so
that they will be for their children and the whole community an eloquent
testimony of God’s love.”
–Pope John Paul II, 2001


Marriage is the foundation of the family and the family is the foundation of society: if we strengthen marriage, we strengthen the family, we strengthen the children and we strengthen the community. If your goal is to help improve the world, marriage is as good a place as any to start.”—Diane Sollee, Grand Rapids Family Summit, 1998

(Photo Credits: msbernal; msbernal; bloomsdayflowers)

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