The U.S. State Department just released the June 2011 Visa Bulletin which is the ninth Visa Bulletin for the FY2011 fiscal year. The major headline in the upcoming month’s bulletin is the forward movement in EB-2 India and the continued (but slow) slow forward movement in FB2A (after few significant backward movements).
Summary of the June 2011 Visa Bulletin – Employment-Based (EB)
Below is a summary of the June 2011 Visa Bulletin with respect to employment-based petitions:
- EB-1 remains current across the board.
- EB-2 ROW (Rest of World), Mexico and Philippines remain current, EB-2 China moves forward by two and a half (2.5) months to October 15, 2006, while EB-2 India moves forward (again, after last month’s notable 7-week advancement) by three and a half (3.5) months to October 15, 2006.
- EB-3 ROW and EB-3 Philippines move forward by three (3) weeks to September 15, 2005, EB-3 China moves forward by one (1) month to May 15, 2004, while EB-3 India moves forward by one (1) week to April 22, 2002. EB-3 Mexico moves forward by three (3) months to December 22, 2004.
- The “other worker” category remains unchanged at April 22, 2003 for China. It moves forward by two (2) months to November 8, 2003 for ROW, Mexico and Philippines. It moves forward by one (1) week to April 22, 2002 for India .
Summary of the June 2011 Visa Bulletin – Family-Based (FB)
Below is a summary of the June 2011 Visa Bulletin with respect to family-based petitions:
- FB1 ROW, China and India remain unchanged at May 1, 2004. FB1 Mexico also remains unchanged at March 1, 1993. FB1 Philippines moves forward by seven (7) months to February 22, 1996.
- FB2A moves forward by ten (10) weeks to August 22, 2007 for ROW, China, India, and Philippines. FB2A Mexico moves forward by six (6) months to July 22, 2007.
- FB2B ROW, China and India remain (again) unchanged at April 15, 2003. FB2B Mexico moves forward by three (3) weeks to August 22, 1992. FB2B Philippines moves forward by three (3) months to June 8, 2000.
Slow Movement for Employment-based Petitions, Except EB-2 India and EB-2 China; No (or Minor) Movement in Family-based Priority Dates
The slow forward movement across many employment categories continues, as expected, although we have started seeing notable movement in the EB-2 India and EB-2 China categories after many months of no activity (especially for EB-2 India). The EB-2 India and EB-2 China movement is due to the carryover of visa numbers from the EB-1 category (also see note below). Unfortunately, EB-3 India moved forward by only one week (the same as during the previous visa bulletin).
We continue to see the FB2A category move forward (by two months and a half months), after the significant retrogression over the past several months. We wish to reiterate that the forward movement in FB2A is expected to be slow over the next few months, according to indications from the State Department. Unfortunately, due to strong demand, FB1 category remains unchanged, for a second month in a row, after it retrogressed by 8 months during the April 2011 Visa Bulletin. This is due to heavy demand in the FB1 category which is expected to continue and further lack of movement (or backward movement) in FB1 is possible.
Visa Bulletin Notes on EB-2 India and Family-based Cases
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