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January 2011 Visa Bulletin Shows Major Retrogression in Family-Based Categories

The January 2011 Visa Bulletin shows significant retrogression of family-based categories with priority dates falling back as much as one to three years. The 1st preference category (unmarried children of U.S. citizens) shows an increased wait from 5 years to 6 years. The 2A preference category (spouses and children of legal permanent residents) suffers the largest setback with an increase from 4 months to 3 years, while the 2B preference category (unmarried adult children of legal permanent residents) experiences an increase from 5 1/2 to 8 years. The 3rd preference category (married children of U.S. citizens) shows an increase from 8 1/2 years to 10 years. The 4th preference category (brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens) was the only family-based category unaffected by the retrogression, remaining at a 9 year wait.

Employment-based categories did not experience any retrogression and are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 remains current, except for India (May 2006) and China (June 2006); EB-3 is at Mar. 2005 for all countries, except for India (Feb. 2002), China (Dec. 2003), and Mexico (April 2003); EB-3 other workers is at April 2003 for all countries, except India (Feb. 2002); EB-4, religious workers, EB-5, and targeted employment areas and regional centers are all current.

To view the January 2011 visa bulletin, see http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5212.html