The U.S. Department of State has issued the April 2010 Visa Bulletin. The good news is that the numbers show immigrant visa retrogression going in the right direction. But this good news is tempered by the modest gains.
The first preference category (EB-1) remains current for all countries.
The second preference category (EB-2) remains current for all countries, except for India and China. EB-2 India did not move at all. It stayed put at February 1, 2005. This is troubling because we had been seeing slow-but-steady positive movement in this category. While the unchanged date only signifies a 1-month retreat, it ends the steady positive advancement.
EB-2 China moved forward by one and a half months, from July 8, 2005 to August 22, 2005. This movement is very similar to the movement we have seen over the past few months. While the general direction of the movement is beneficial, it is certainly not significantly helpful. Indeed, the movement has only been slightly better than month-to-month.
The EB-3 category experienced similar modest gains. For the “All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed,” China, and the Philippines, retrogression was cut back by one and a half months, from December 15, 2002 to February 1, 2003. EB-3 India did the best this month, moving more than 2 months, from July 1, 2001 to September 8, 2001. For the second straight month, EB-3 Mexico remained unchanged at July 1, 2002.
The April 2010 Visa Bulletin can be viewed at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html.