EB-2 Priority Dates Improve Significantly for India and China in January 2012 Visa Bulletin; EB-3 advances are more modest


The U.S. Department of State's January 2012 Visa Bulletin shows very significant advancement in the EB-2 priority date cut-offs for India and China, to January 1, 2009. This represents an advancement of 10 months over the previous December 2011 Visa Bulletin, and it will come as welcome news for large numbers of advanced degree professionals and exceptional ability aliens from both countries. It should be noted, however, that this rapid advancement in EB-2 cut-off dates is the result of lower than expected demand from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) over the past few months. As such, future retrogression of EB-2 priority date cut-offs for India and China are possible in 2012, particularly if USCIS receives a larger than expected number of Form I-485 Applications for Adjustment of Status in January 2012.

In the EB-3 category, the advancement in priority date cut-offs is not nearly as significant. EB-3 priority dates for professionals and skilled workers will advance as follows:

  • EB-3 India: August 8, 2002 (a one-week improvement);
  • EB-3 China: October 15, 2004 (a five-week improvement); and
  • EB-3 (all other countries) February 1, 2006 (a two-week improvement).

Information on other employment-based visa classifications is available in the latest Visa Bulletin.