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July 2012 Department of State Visa Bulletin

The new visa bulletin is out at this link: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5733.html. The biggest change reflected is the July visa bulletin is in the EB-2 category where there is a cut-off date of January 1, 2009 for all countries, except for China and India where it remains “unavailable.” It is anticipated that the EB-2 category may become entirely “unavailable” in August and September and visa numbers may not become available again until the beginning of FY2013, i.e. October 1, 2012. Meanwhile, the EB-3 category is expected to advance 5 weeks in July for all countries, 6 weeks for China, and 1 week for India. Individuals, other than India and China-mainland born nationals, who have approved labor certification applications and are eligible for EB-2 classification, are advised to file their immigrant petitions and adjustment of status applications by the end of June before the July visa bulletin goes into effect. Specifically, the July visa bulletin cut-off dates are as follows:

Employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is at January 1, 2009 for all countries, except for India and China for which visas are currently unavailable; EB-3 is at July 22, 2006 for all countries, except for India (Sept. 22, 2002), China (Sept. 22, 2005), and Philippines (June 8, 2006); EB-3 other workers is at July 22, 2006 for all countries, except India (Sept. 22, 2002), China (June 15, 2003), and Philippines (June 8, 2006); 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 February 15, 2010 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 February 1, 1989.