May 2012 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has released the May 2012 Visa Bulletin.  As predicted, employment-based second preference priority dates for Chinese and Indian nationals has retrogressed to August 15, 2007.  The retrogression was caused by a high demand for visas and an increase in the number of filings.  No forward movement is expected until at least the next fiscal year, beginning with the October 2012 visa bulletin.  Despite the EB-2 retrogression,  the Untied States Citizenship and Immigration Service will continue to accept I-485 Adjustment of Status applications for the rest of the month of April  for Indian and Chinese nationals with priority dates prior to the date established in the April 2012 Visa Bulletin.  Petitioners with pending I-485 applications who have priority dates of August 15, 2007 or later are not likely to be approved over the next few months.  Instead, those cases will be pre-adjudicated and kept on hold until FY2013 begins on October 1, 2012.

This Visa Bulletin also shows continued forward movement in the family based first preference category (Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens) which has been moving steadily for the past several months, as well as slow movement in the other family categories.

More information can be found in the May 2012 Visa Bulletin.

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