On Apr 13 2011 by Klasko Immigration

State Department Releases May Visa Bulletin

The State Department has released its May Visa Bulletin.  As we predicted, India and China Eb-2 moved forward for the month:

Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA- mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C
2nd C 01AUG06 01JUL06 C C
3rd 22AUG05 15APR04 15APR02 08SEP04 22AUG05
Other Workers 08SEP03 22APR03 15APR02 08SEP03 08SEP03
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
Targeted Employment Areas/ Regional Centers and Private Programs

The State Department said it would be able to release an extra 12,000 visas for processing in EB-2 this year because of USCIS reporting low demand (and low approval rates) in EB-1.  The “extra” numbers that “spill down” to EB-2 from EB-1, plus the regular ones (about 2300 each for India and China), should get the priority dates to late 2006, and perhaps to January 2007, by September of 2011.  Continue to monitor the Visa Bulletin each month for updates.