August 2012 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has released the August 2012 Visa Bulletin.  Employment based second preference (EB-2) for India and China remain unavailable.  EB-2 is predicted to remain unavailable for at least one more month until the start of FY2013 in October.  The cutoff date for EB-2 Rest of World remains unchanged, and there has been a  significant (32 months) retrogression for FB-1 Philippines due to a high demand in filings.

Summary of the August 2012 Visa Bulletin – Employment-Based (EB)

  • EB-1 remains current.
  • EB-2 for ROW, Mexico and Philippines continue to have a cutoff date of January 1, 2009.    EB-2 India and EB-2 China remain unavailable.
  • EB-3 ROW and EB-3 Mexico move forward by six weeks to September 8, 2006.  EB-3 Philippines moves forward by one week to June 15, 2006, EB-3 China  moves forward by six weeks to November 8, 2005, and EB-3 India  moves forward by one week to October 1, 2002.

Summary of the August 2012 Visa Bulletin – Family-Based (FB)

  • FB-1 ROW, China and India move forward by three weeks to August 1, 2005.   FB-1 Mexico remains unchanged at June 8, 1993 and FB-1 Philippines retrogresses by thirty-two  months back to March 1, 1994.
  • FB-2A moves forward by one month to March 15, 2010 for ROW, China, India, and Philippines.  FB-2A Mexico moves forward by one  month to March 1, 2010.
  • FB-2B ROW, China and India move forward by six weeks to June 22, 2004.  FB-2B Mexico moves forward by eight months to August 22, 1992 and FB-2B Philippines moves forward by one week to January 1, 2002.
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