In the recently published January 2012 Visa Bulletin there has been significant movement in the EB-2 category for nationals of both India and China. The priority dates jumped forward from March 15, 2008 to January 1, 2009. This is the most significant progress seen in recent months. This movement in the priority date will open the door for more individuals and allow them to finally obtain their goal of U.S. lawful permanent residence status.


Unfortunately, the EB-3 category did not see any significant movement in the new visa bulletin and there continues to be significant retrogression for all nationalities in
the EB-3 category. The priority date for nationals of China in the EB-3 category moved forward from September 8, 2004 to October 15, 2004. For Indian nationals in the EB-3 category the priority dated moved forward a meager seven days to August 8, 2002. For all other nationalities in the EB-3 category the priority date advanced 15 days to February 1, 2006.


Graham Adair will be working with our clients who have priority dates that will become current on January 1, 2012 to ensure that their cases are ready to file and to keep their permanent residence process moving forward. If you have any questions about this bulletin or its impact please feel free to contact us at:?


The Visa Bulletin for January 2012 can be viewed at: