On May 12 2011 by Klasko Immigration

State Department Releases June Visa Bulletin; Significant Movement for China and India EB-2

The State Department has released its June 2011 Visa Bulletin. As was the case last month, we again see a significant advance on EB-2 priority dates for China and India.

Employment-
Based
All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-
mainland born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C
2nd C 15OCT06 15OCT06 C C
3rd 15SEP05 15MAY04 22APR02 22DEC04 15SEP05
Other Workers 08NOV03 22APR03 22APR02 08NOV03 08NOV03
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th
Targeted Employment Areas/ Regional Centers and Pilot Programs
C C C C C

Whether this acceleration in priority dates will be sustained in the coming months remains to be seen. The State Department explains that there is an increased demand by applicants “upgrading” their category from EB-3 to EB-2, which could potentially stymie the advancement of EB-2 priority dates. Nonetheless, the impact of this increased EB-2 demand has so far been minimal. The State Department cautions that priority date cut-offs for upcoming months cannot be guaranteed and therefore no assumptions should be made. At this time, we make no changes to our prediction that decreased EB-1 applications and approval rates should advance Chinese and Indian EB-2 priority dates to late 2006, and perhaps to January 2007, by September of 2011.