• December Visa Bulletin: EB-2 China Will Advance, But No Movement for EB-2 India
  • November 9, 2012
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • According to the U.S. Department of State’s December visa bulletin, the EB-2 category will remain current for all countries except India and China next month. The priority date cut-off for EB-2 India will once again remain unchanged at September 1, 2004. EB-2 for mainland China will advance seven weeks to October 22, 2007.

    The EB-3 professional and skilled worker subcategory will advance by two and a half months for mainland China, to July 1, 2006; by one week for India, to November 1, 2002; and by one week for the Philippines, to August 15, 2006. All other countries will advance by one month, to December 22, 2006.

    December 2012 Priority Date Cut-Offs

    In December 2012, EB immigrant visa priority date cut-offs will be:

    EB-1

    Current for all countries.

    EB-2

    China: October 22, 2007
    India: September 1, 2004
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

    China: July 1, 2006
    India: November 1, 2002
    Philippines: August 15, 2006
    All other countries: December 22, 2006

    EB-3 Other Workers

    China: July 1, 2003
    India: November 1, 2002
    Philippines: August 15, 2006
    All other countries: December 22, 2006

    EB-5

    Current for all countries and subcategories.

    Priority Date Projections for the Coming Months

    The December Visa Bulletin also contains the State Department’s projections for priority date movement over the next several months. EB-2 China is expected to advance by five to eight weeks over the coming months. EB-2 India is likely to remain unchanged for some time. EB-2 worldwide is expected to remain current.

    EB-3 worldwide could advance by three to five weeks; EB-3 China is expected to advance by one to two months; EB-3 India could advance by up to two weeks; and EB-3 for the Philippines is projected to advance by one to three weeks.

    In the EB-5 category, a cut-off date could be imposed for China at some point during the second half of FY 2013 -- a first for that preference category.