June 2012 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State has released the June 2012 Visa Bulletin. As anticipated, visa numbers in the Employment Based Second Preference category from India and Mainland China have become unavailable. The designation “unavailable” indicates that no visas will be issued to applicants holding EB2 priority dates until FY 2013 – after October 1, 2012. As we mentioned in an earlier post, adjustments filed prior to the retrogression of priority dates will remain pending until the dates again become current and processing can continue.

Summary of Employment-Based Categories

  • EB-1 remains current
  • EB-2 remains current for everyone except India and China, which are unavailable.
  • EB-3 Rest of World and EB-3 Mexico move forward by five weeks to June 8, 2006.  EB-3 Philippines moves forward by three weeks to May 22, 2006, EB-3 China  moves forward by more than four months to August 8, 2005, and EB-3 India  moves forward by one week to September 15, 2002.
  • The “other worker” category remains unchanged for China – April 22, 2003.  It moves forward by five weeks for ROW and Mexico, and EB-3 Philippines moves forward by three weeks to May 22, 2006.  Additionally, dates move forward by one week for India to September 15, 2002.

Summary of the Family-Based Categories

  • FB-1 Rest of World, China and India move forward by seven weeks to June 22, 2005.   FB-1 Mexico remains unchanged at May 15, 1993 and FB-1 Philippines remains unchanged at July 1, 1997.
  • FB-2A moves forward by six weeks to January 1, 2010 for ROW, China, India, and Philippines.  FB-2A Mexico moves forward by seven weeks to December 8, 2009.
  • FB-2B ROW, China and India move forward by seven weeks to April 15, 2004.  FB-2B Mexico moves forward by one month to January 1, 1992 and FB-2B Philippines remains unchanged at December 8, 2001.

For more information, please see the June 2012 Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website.



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