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Feb. 2012 Visa Bulletin Shows Huge Jump for EB-2 India and China

The new visa bulletin is out at this link: http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5640.html. The most significant movement can be seen in the employment-based 2nd preference category (EB-2), i.e. members of professions holding advanced degrees or persons of exceptional ability, for India and China. The EB-2 category for India and China has jumped from January 1, 2009 to January 1, 2010.

The employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 remains current, except for India and China (Jan. 1, 2010); EB-3 is at February 22, 2006 for all countries, except for India (Aug. 15, 2002) and China (Dec. 1, 2004); EB-3 other workers is at February 22, 2006 for all countries, except India (Aug. 15, 2002), China (April 22, 2003); EB-4, religious workers, EB-5, and targeted employment areas and regional centers are all current. Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at June 8, 2009 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) of Nov. 1, 1988.