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September 2012 Department of State Visa Bulletin

The new visa bulletin is out at this link: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5759.html. 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 Oct. 1, 2006 for all countries, except for India (Oct. 8, 2002), China (Dec. 15, 2005), and Philippines (Aug. 1, 2006); EB-3 other workers is at Oct. 1, 2006 for all countries, except India (Oct. 8, 2002), China (June 22, 2003), and Philippines (Aug. 1, 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 May 8, 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.