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Monday, December 12, 2011

January 2012 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 India/China Advance to January 1, 2009

For January Visa Bulletin, the headline news is again the rapid advancement of EB-2 cutoff dates for China and India.  Both countries advance by 9 ½ months to January 1, 2009.  This is the third month that EB-2 has enjoyed rapid movements.  As explained by the State Department, the advancement in cutoff dates are intended to “generate significant levels of new filings for adjustment of status” applications at the USCIS and to maximize usage of employment visa numbers.

Family-Based Immigration
Family-Sponsored
All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed
CHINA-mainland born
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
F1
15OCT04
15OCT04
15OCT04
15APR93
15APR97
F2A
22APR09
22APR09
22APR09
22MAR09
22APR09
F2B
08SEP03
08SEP03
08SEP03
01DEC92
01SEP01
F3
01NOV01
01NOV01
01NOV01
22DEC92
15JUL92
F4
15AUG00
15AUG00
15AUG00
08MAY96
08OCT88
1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,000 per year).
2A: The 2 "A" preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.
2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.
3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens.(about 23,000 per year)
4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)

Employment-Based Immigration
Employment- Based
All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed
CHINA- mainland born
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
1st
C
C
C
C
C
2nd
C
01JAN09
01JAN09
C
C
3rd
01FEB06
15OCT04
08AUG02
01FEB06
01FEB06
Other Workers
01FEB06
22APR03
01AUG02
01FEB06
01FEB06
4th
C
C
C
C
C
Certain Religious Workers
C
C
C
C
C
5th
Targeted
Employment
Areas/
Regional Centers
and 
Pilot Programs
C
C
C
C
C
1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding prof./researchers)
2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.
3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)
4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious & others)
5th: Employment Creation (Investors)

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