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Update on Visa Bulletin Priority Dates and Demand

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Department of State (DOS) recently held a meeting that included a discussion regarding visa demand in the employment preference categories and predictions for FY2012 and FY2013. The following are the notes from that meeting:

• In October 2012 (beginning of the 2013 fiscal year), the EB-2 cut-off dates for China-Mainland born and India, which are currently “unavailable,” will move to August or September 2007 (China may be slightly better). It is unlikely that the cut-off dates will move forward at all between October 2012 – March 2013.

• EB-2 worldwide will be current again in October 2012 when the fiscal year opens.

• If USCIS approves many pending cases during the month of June, the worldwide EB-2 category may retrogress or become unavailable in August 2012 and September 2012.