In the January visa bulletin, wait times for EB-2 (employment based) visas for India and China move forward by (by nine and a half months) and there is a continued forward movement in the FB1 (family based) categories.
Summary of the January 2012 Visa Bulletin – Employment-Based (EB)
Below is a summary of the January 2012 Visa Bulletin with respect to employment-based petitions:
- remains current across the board.
- EB-2 remains current for EB-2 ROW, Mexico and Philippines. EB-2 India and EB-2 China both move forward by nine and a half (9.5) months to January 1, 2009.
- EB-3 ROW, EB-3 Mexico and EB-3 Philippines move forward by only two (2) weeks to February 1, 2006, EB-3 China moves forward by five (5) weeks to October 15, 2004, while EB-3 India moves forward by only one (1) week to August 8, 2002.
- The “other worker” category remains unchanged (again) at April 22, 2003 for China. It moves forward by one and (1) month for ROW, Mexico and Philippines to February 1, 2006. It also moves forward by three (3) weeks for India to August 1, 2002.
Summary of the January 2012 Visa Bulletin – Family-Based (FB)
Below is a summary of the January 2012 Visa Bulletin with respect to family-based petitions:
- FB1 moves forward (again, for fourth consecutive month). FB1 ROW, China and India all move forward by six (6) weeks to October 15, 2004. FB1 Mexico moves forward by one (1) week to April 15, 1993 and FB1 Philippines moves forward by six (6) weeks to April 15, 1997.
- FB2A moves forward by one (1) month to April 22, 2009 for ROW, China, India, and Philippines. FB2A Mexico moves forward by six (6) weeks to March 22, 2009.
- FB2B ROW, China and India move forward by three (3) weeks to September 8, 2003. FB2B Mexico moves forward by only one (1) week to December 1, 1992. FB2B Philippines moves forward by two (2) weeks to September 1, 2001.
A. STATUTORY NUMBERS
1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during January. Allocations were made, to the extent possible under the numerical limitations, for the demand received by December 8th in the chronological order of the reported priority dates. If the demand could not be satisfied within the statutory or regulatory limits, the category or foreign state in which demand was excessive was deemed oversubscribed. The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached within the numerical limits.
Only applicants who have a priority date earlier than the cut-off date may be allotted a number. On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); "C" means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants; and "U" means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available. (NOTE: Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.)
|Family||All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed||CHINA-mainland born||DOMINICAN REPUBLIC||INDIA||MEXICO||PHILIPPINES|
*NOTE: For January, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01APR05. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01APR05 and earlier than 01JAN08. (All 2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit; there are no 2A numbers for MEXICO subject to per-country limit.)
All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed
|CHINA- mainland born||DOMINICAN REPUBLIC||INDIA||MEXICO||PHILIPPINES|
|Certain Religious Workers||C||C||C||C||C||C|
|Targeted Employment Areas/ Regional Centers||C||C||C||C||C||C|
|5th Pilot Programs||C||C||C||C||C||C|