The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released its July 2011 Visa Bulletin. The July 2011 Visa Bulletin continues to advance all of the employment-based immigrant visa categories, except for the EB-3 Other Workers category for Chinese nationals. In particular, the DOS continues to significantly advance the EB-2 category for Indian and Chinese nationals. The DOS has advanced the EB-2 Indian and Chinese national categories from October 2006 in the June 2011 Visa Bulletin to March 2007 in the July 2011 Visa Bulletin. These categories have significantly advanced by approximately one year in the past few months due to the fact that there has not been significant demand in the EB-1 preference category and these visas have spilled over into the EB-2 preference category in order to ensure that they are used during the government’s fiscal year 2011 (October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011). It is assumed that the EB-2 Indian and Chinese national preference categories will continue to advance through the end of the government’s fiscal year 2011. However, when the government’s fiscal year 2012 begins on October 1, 2011, it is assumed that the EB-2 Indian national and Chinese national categories will not continue to advance as quickly and may actually retrogress if demand begins to exceed supply for the new fiscal year.

The following is a comparison of priority date movement since the inception of the current retrogression in October 2005:

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Additional information about the employment-based immigrant visa priority date movement will be contained in our firm’s future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.