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May 2012 Visa Bulletin

Published: Apr 25, 2012 12:00 pm

FAMILY CATEGORIES

Categories   Worldwide  China (PRC)   Mexico        Philippines

1st              5-01-05     5-01-05         5-15-93         7-1-97

2A              11-15-09    11-15-09       10-15-09       11-15-09

2B              2-22-04     2-22-04          12-01-92       12-08-01

3rd             3-08-02     3-08-02          1-15-93         7-22-92

4th             12-01-00    11-22-00        6-01-96        1-22-89

 

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORIES

Categories        Worldwide        China (PRC)        India       Mexico            Philippines

1st                    Current           Current             Current      Current           Current

2nd                   Current           8-15-07             8-15-07    Current           Current

3rd                    5-01-06          4-01-05             9-08-02    5-01-06          5-01-06

Unskilled            5-01-06          4-22-03             9-08-02    5-01-06          5-01-06

4th                    Current           Current              Current     Current           Current

Religious            Current           Current              Current     Current           Current

5th                    Current           Current              Current      Current          Current

RETROGRESSION OF THE CHINA-MAINLAND AND INDIA EMPLOYMENT SECOND PREFERENCE CUT-OFF DATE

Due to the rapid forward movement of the cut-off date, demand for China and India Employment Second preference numbers has increased dramatically during recent months, and at a much faster rate than had been expected. Therefore, it has been necessary to retrogress that cut-off date to August 15, 2007 in an attempt to hold number use within the annual limit while maintaining availability for those countries that have not yet reached their per-country limit.

Notices were included in the November, January, and February Visa Bulletins alerting readers to the possibility of such a retrogression. While corrective action has become necessary earlier than was anticipated based on the information available at the time cut-off dates were determined, it is hoped that readers are not caught off guard by this retrogression.

Should additional information regarding potential demand become available, it may be necessary to take additional corrective action at any time. Every effort will be made to return the China and India Employment Second preference cut-off date to the previously announced April date of May 1, 2010.

This will be done as quickly as possible under the FY-2013 annual limits, which take effect October 1, 2012. It will not be possible to speculate on the cut-off date which may apply at that time until late summer. USCIS has indicated that it will continue accepting China and India Employment Second preference I-485 filings based on the originally announced April cut-off date.

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