The U.S. Department of State has issued the July 2011 Visa Bulletin. There has been substantial forward movement in a number of categories, while other categories crept forward only slightly. The good news is that most categories are currently moving in the direction of less retrogression.
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 and China moved from October 15, 2006 to March 8, 2007, a positive change of nearly five months. Because these categories moved more than one month, it signifies a slight erosion of immigrant visa retrogression.
EB-3 did not experience the gains made by EB-2, with the exception being EB-3 Mexico, which actually moved a little more than 6 months, from December 22, 2004 to July 1, 2005. EB-3 China moved 1.5 months from May 15, 2004 to July 1, 2004. The most lethargic category was EB-3 India, which moved 1 week from April 22, 2002 to May 1, 2002.
In the June 2011 Visa Bulletin, the EB-3 category for the Philippines and “All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed” had an effective date of September 15, 2005. These categories moved a disappointing three weeks to October 8, 2005. Because it moved less than a month, it essentially means this category experienced more retrogression.
The July 2011 Visa Bulletin can be viewed at: