For the first time in years, all countries will be subject to retrogression under the employment-based second preference category (EB-2). The U.S. Department of State just released the July 2012 Visa Bulletin, which continues to show India and China as “unavailable” for EB-2. All other countries are showing an effective date of January 1, 2009, meaning retrogression of roughly two and a half years.
Graham Adair will be working with clients who have priority dates retrogressing on July 1 to be sure I-485 applications are filed with USCIS by June 29th.
Aside from India and China, we expect priority dates in the EB-2 category to become current again when the new fiscal year starts in October. Until then, it appears that the Department of State is slowing down the number of eligible cases in order to meet the annual limit of employment-based green card applications.
Similar to recent past months, the EB-3 category did not see much movement, only advancing a few weeks in most cases. The Visa Bulletin for July 2012 can be viewed at: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5630.html
If you have any questions about this bulletin or its impact, please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.