The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the August 2012 Visa Bulletin. Immigrant visa numbers in the employment-based, second preference (EB-2) for all nationalities other than China and India remain unchanged with a priority cut-off date of January 1, 2009. Immigrant visa numbers for Chinese and Indian nationals in the EB-2 category continue to be unavailable, and are expected to be so for the duration of Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 (i.e., through September 30, 2012).
In contrast, the cut-off priority dates for all nationalities in the employment-based, third preference category (EB-3) have advanced slightly.
Foreign nationals having a priority date before the established cut-off date are eligible to file immigrant visa or adjustment of status applications.
Priority cut-off dates for the most common employment-based categories are provided below.
Employment-based, first preference (EB-1)
“Current” means that immigrant visa numbers are immediately available for all priority dates within the designated preference category.
Employment-based, second preference (EB-2):
Employment-based, third preference (EB-3) professional / skilled workers:
Employment-based third preference (EB-3) "other" workers:
The full text of the August 2012 Visa Bulletin is available at: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5749.html
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