July 2011 Visa Bulletin: Significant Advancement for EB-2

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.
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The first preference category (EB-1) remains current for all countries.
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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.
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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:

http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5092.html.