• Immigration Alert: October 2011 U.S. Visa Bulletin Released
  • September 28, 2011
  • Law Firm: Gibney Anthony Flaherty LLP - New York Office
  • The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the October 2011 Visa Bulletin. Priority cut-off dates for the most common employment-based categories are provided below.

    Employment-based, first preference (EB-1):

    All foreign nationals:  Current 
    “Current” means that immigrant visa numbers are immediately available for all priority dates within the designated preference category. 

    Employment-based, second preference (EB-2):

    Worldwide: Current
    China: July 15, 2007
    India: July 15, 2007
    Mexico: Current
    Philippines: Current

    Employment-based, third preference (EB-3) professional/skilled workers:

    Worldwide: December 8, 2005
    China: August 8, 2004
    India: July 15, 2002
    Mexico: December 8, 2005
    Philippines: December 8, 2005

    Employment-based, third preference (EB-3) “other” workers:

    Worldwide: September 15, 2005
    China: April 22, 2003
    India: June 8, 2002
    Mexico: September 15, 2005
    Philippines: September 15, 2005

    Foreign nationals having a priority date before the established cut-off date are eligible to file immigrant visa or adjustment of status applications.

    October marks the first month of the government’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. The Department of State offered some assessment of visa availability in the coming months of FY 2012. Specifically, with respect to China and India in the EB-2 preference category, DOS noted that the October cut-off date is approaching the most favorable date previously reached for applicants from China and India. This rapid forward movement is intended to generate demand based on new filings for adjustment of status at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices, which currently accounts for over 85% of all employment-based number use. DOS cautions that once the level of demand increases sufficiently, it may be necessary to slow or stop the cut-off movement, and a retrogression of the cut-off dates at some point during the year is a distinct possibility.

    The full text of the October 2011 Visa Bulletin is available at http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin&under;5560.html.

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