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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

October 2012 Visa Bulletin: Employment 2nd Preference Major Retrogression




The Visa Bulletin for October 2012 is disappointing to many foreign nationals who have pending employment based petitions, especially those from India and China.  Employment-based, second preference (EB2) India has retrogressed to a cutoff date of September 1, 2004, and EB2 China to July 15, 2007 due to the large number of pending adjustment of status applications before the USCIS.  This is far worse that what was previously predicted by the State Department.  “Other Countries” in the EB2 category are still not current, but it is expected that may change soon.

On the family side, F1 continues to move forward slowly. F2A moves forward by three weeks to June 1, 2010 for China, India, Philippines, and “Other Countries”.  F2B remain unchanged for most countries except Mexico and Philippines.  Please see below for details:

Family
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
8-Oct-05
8-Oct-05
8-Oct-05
15-Jun-93
1-Apr-96
F2A
1-Jun-10
1-Jun-10
1-Jun-10
15-May-10
1-Jun-10
F2B
15-Sep-04
15-Sep-04
15-Sep-04
1-Oct-92
22-Jan-02
F3
22-May-02
22-May-02
22-May-02
8-Feb-93
22-Jul-92
F4
15-Mar-01
15-Feb-01
15-Mar-01
22-Jun-96
8-Feb-89

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
1-Jan-12
15-Jul-07
1-Sep-04
1-Jan-12
1-Jan-12
3rd
22-Oct-06
8-Feb-06
15-Oct-02
22-Oct-06
1-Aug-06
Other Workers
22-Oct-06
22-Jun-03
15-Oct-02
22-Oct-06
1-Aug-06
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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