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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

December 2012 Visa Bulletin: Family categories advance, Employment 5th China may no longer be current


In December, most family sponsored visa categories advance nicely. For examples, Family 1st move forward by one month for China, India and the “Other Countries”, and by three months for the Philippines to October 8, 1997.  Family 2A for China, India, Philippines and “Other Countries”; and Family 2B for China, India “Other Countries” all advance five weeks. 

On the Employment side, all EB-2 categories are current except India, which remains unchanged, and China, which moves forward by seven weeks. What is significant is that the State Department predicts that EB-5 China may no longer be current during the second half of the fiscal year.  Demand for investment visas from Chinese nationals has been very high in recent years.  Please see the tables below for details:

Family
Other Countries
CHINA
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
F1
01DEC05
01DEC05
01DEC05
01JUL93
08OCT97
F2A
22AUG10
22AUG10
22AUG10
01AUG10
22AUG10
F2B
15NOV04
15NOV04
15NOV04
01NOV92
22MAR02
F3
08JUN02
08JUN02
08JUN02
01MAR93
01AUG92
F4
01APR01
01APR01
01APR01
22JUL96
22MAR89
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
C
22OCT07
01SEP04
C
C
3rd
22DEC06
01JUL06
01NOV02
22DEC06
15AUG06
Other Workers
22DEC06
01JUL03
01NOV02
22DEC06
15AUG06
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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