July 2012 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. State Department has released the July 2012 Visa Bulletin.  The Department of State has implemented a cutoff date of January 1, 2009 for the Employment-Based Second Preference for Rest of World category, and EB-2 for India and China remain unavailable.

Employment-Based (EB) Visa Categories:

  • EB-1 remains current.
  • EB-2 for Rest of World, Mexico and Philippines now have a cutoff date of January 1, 2009.    EB-2 India and EB-2 China remain unavailable.
  • EB-3 Rest of World and Mexico move forward by six weeks to July 22, 2006.  The Philippines moves forward by two weeks to June 8, 2006, China  moves forward by six weeks to September 22, 2005, and India  moves forward by only one week to September 22, 2002.
  • The “other worker” category for China moves forward seven weeks to June 15, 2003, six weeks for Rest of World and Mexico to July 22, 2006, two weeks to June 8, 2006 for the Phillippines, and one week to September 22, 2002 for India.

Family-Based (FB) Visa Categories:

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

The introduction of a cutoff date for the Employment-based second preference visa category for Rest of the World (ROW) was likely caused by a high demand in filings.  The new cutoff date of January 1, 2009 moves this category more than three years back from its previous “current” status.  The Department of State has warned that they may need to make the EB-2 Rest of World visa category unavailable for one or both of the remaining Visa Bulletins for this fiscal year.  Meanwhile, EB-2 for India and China are still unavailable and will remain so for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The Law Offices of Dayna Kelly will continue to update it’s readers as FY2012 Visa Bulletins continue to become available.

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