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Friday, June 18, 2010

July 2010 Visa Bulletin - Good News!

In July's Visa Bulletin recently published, there is good news for everybody - well, almost everybody. Regarding family petitions, there are nice movements across the board. Most categories moved forward by several months. Some categories jumped even more. For example, Philippines F2B (legal residents applying for adult children)advance by one year! The State Department explains that the movements are due to less demand for immigrant visas. Some applicants are not following up on their petitions, allowing the State Department to maximize the usage of alloted visa numbers. The situation may change if more applicants decide to pursue their petitions.

On the employment side, there is also good news. Eb-2 India moved ahead by eight months but Eb-2 China stayed unchanged at November 22, 2005.
Most Eb-3 categories advanced by about two months to August 15, 2003, except India, which advanced by one month, and Mexico, which remained unavailable.

Family Other Countries CHINA-mainland born DOMINICAN REPUBLIC INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st 01APR05 01APR05 01APR05 01APR05 01NOV92 01SEP95
2A 01JUL08 01JUL08 01JUN07 01JUL08 01JUN07 01JUL08
2B 01MAY03 01MAY03 01MAY03 01MAY03 15JUN92 01MAR00
3rd 01SEP01 01SEP01 01SEP01 01SEP01 01MAR92 01MAY93
4th 01JAN01 01JAN01 01JAN01 01JAN01 01MAR95 01APR89


Employment- Based

Other Countries

CHINA- mainland born DOMINICAN REPUBLIC INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C C
2nd C 22NOV05 C 01OCT05 C C
3rd 15AUG03 15AUG03 15AUG03 22NOV01 U 15AUG03
Other Workers 01JUN01 01JUN01 01JUN01 01JUN01 U 01JUN01
4th C C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C C
5th C C C C C C
Targeted Employ-ment Areas/ Regional Centers C C C C C C
5th Pilot Programs C C C C C C

Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately  
AFRICA
54,100

Except:
Egypt: 24,500
Ethiopia: 25,100
Nigeria: 18,850

ASIA
23,500  
EUROPE
32,000  
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)
5  
OCEANIA
1,300  
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN
1,500  


The State Department predicted that the cut-off dates will continue to improve based on the current demand. The following are the "best-case- scenarios" cut-off dates by the end of FY-2010:

Employment First: Current

Employment Second:

China and India: March or April 2006

Employment Third:

Worldwide: June through September 2004
China: October through December 2003
India: February 2002
Mexico: Unavailable
Philippines: June through September 2004

Employment Fourth:

Worldwide: It may be necessary to establish a cut-off date for September.

Employment Fifth: Current

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