DOS Releases August 2012 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its August 2012 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets forth per country priority dates that regulate the ability of an individual to file an adjustment of status application or consular process at a U.S. Embassy.  Foreign nationals can file the adjustment application if their priority dates are prior to the cutoff dates specified by the DOS in the Visa Bulletin.

What does the August 2012 Visa Bulletin say?

Employment-Based Category Two (EB-2):

China and India remain Unavailable

All Other Chargeability Areas, Mexico and Philippines stayed the same

Employment-Based Category Three (EB-3):

All Other Chargeability Areas – advanced 1 month and 16 days

China – advanced 1 month and 16 days

India – advanced 9 days

Mexico – Did not advance

Philippines – Did not advance

Visa availability and cutoff dates are determined on a monthly basis by DOS based on anticipated demand. These dates can move forward, backward or remain unchanged. Employers and employees should monitor the monthly Visa Bulletins so they can properly plan their immigration cases.

For more information, or if you have any questions regarding the Visa Bulletin, please feel free to contact us.