The Department of State had expected that the worldwide EB-2 visa numbers for advanced degree holders and persons of exceptional ability would become current once the new fiscal year began on October 1, 2012. Instead, the EB-2 worldwide category saw an October cut off date of January 1, 2012. Instead, not until November will the EB-2 category show immigrant visa availability, except for those born in India and China. Similarly, the EB-2 category for persons born in India and China, which became unavailable in June, has not move forward significantly. China was at July 15, 2007 in October; it will move to September 15, 2007 in November. India advanced to September 1, 2004 in October and will remain there in November. Additional EB-2 movement is not expected for India and China during the first half of the new fiscal year.

The EB-3 quota for professionals and skilled workers worldwide is also backlogged. The EB-1, EB-4, and EB-5 categories remain current for October.

The November Visa Bulletin is available here.