DOS Releases November 2012 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its November 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 November 2012 Visa Bulletin look like?

For all family-based categories:

Family-Sponsored

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

CHINA- mainland born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

F1

01NOV05

01NOV05

01NOV05

22JUN93

01JUL97

F2A

15JUL10

15JUL10

15JUL10

22JUN10

15JUL10

F2B

08OCT04

08OCT04

08OCT04

15OCT92

15FEB02

F3

01JUN02

01JUN02

01JUN02

15FEB93

22JUL92

F4

22MAR01

15MAR01

22MAR01

08JUL96

01MAR89

For all employment-based categories:

Employment- Based

All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed

CHINA- mainland born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

C

01SEP07

01SEP04

C

C

3rd

22NOV06

15APR06

22OCT02

22NOV06

08AUG06

Other Workers

22NOV06

01JUL03

22OCT02

22NOV06

08AUG06

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

The Employment-Based Category Two (EB-2) India is still backlogged to 2004.  That means there is currently only a two-year difference between the EB-2 and EB-3 categories for Indian nationals.

As expected, the EB-2 ‘all other chargeability’ category has become ‘current’ in November.

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.