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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

September 2012 Visa Bulletin: Employment is stagnant, Family advances


The September 2012 Visa Bulletin marks the end of fiscal year 2012 (FY12).  Unsurprisingly, the EB2 category for India and China remain unavailable; and for other countries the cutoff date is still January 1, 2009.  The situation is expected to change by October 1 as new visa numbers will be allocated by law for FY13.   EB3 Philippines, China and India all enjoy different degrees of advancement.

For family categories, there are some nice forward movements.  For examples, F1 advances two months for China, India and the Other Countries. F2A moves forward by seven weeks for most countries.   F2B jumps forward by almost three months to September 15, 2004 for China, India and the Other Countries.


Family
Other Countries
CHINA
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
F1
01OCT05
01OCT05
01OCT05
08JUN93 
08NOV94
F2A
08MAY10
08MAY10
08MAY10 
15APR10 
08MAY10
F2B
15SEP04
15SEP04
15SEP04
22AUG92 
01JAN02
F3
15MAY02
15MAY02
15MAY02 
22JAN93 
22JUL92
F4
08MAR01
22JAN01
08MAR01
15JUN96 
01FEB89

 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
Other countries
CHINA
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
1st
C
C
C
C
C
2nd
01JAN09
U
U
01JAN09
01JAN09
3rd
01OCT06 
15DEC05 
08OCT02
01OCT06
01AUG06
Other Workers
01OCT06
22JUN03
08OCT02
01OCT06
01AUG06
4th
C
C
C
C
C
5th
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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