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October 2012 Department of State Visa Bulletin

The new visa bulletin is out at this link: http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5770.html. Employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is at January 1, 2012 for all countries, except for India (July 1, 2004) and China (July 15, 2007); EB-3 is at Oct. 22, 2006 for all countries, except for India (Oct. 15, 2002), China (Feb. 8, 2006), and Philippines (Aug. 1, 2006); EB-3 other workers is at Oct. 22, 2006 for all countries, except India (Oct. 15, 2002), China (June 22, 2003), and Philippines (Aug. 1, 2006); EB-4 is current, religious workers is unavailable, EB-5 targeted employment areas and regional centers is current, and EB-5 Pilot Programs is unavailable. Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at June 1, 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 8, 1989.