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Summary of the April 2011 Visa Bulletin – Family-Based (FB)

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State Department Visa BulletinBelow is a summary of the April 2011 Visa Bulletin with respect to family-based petitions:

  • FB1ROW, China and India move backwards by eight (8) months to May 1, 2004.  FB1 Mexico moves forward by two (2) weeks to February 15, 1993. FB1 Philippines moves forward by three and a half (3.5) months to April 1, 1995.
  • FB2A moves forward by four (4) months to April 1, 2007 for ROW, China, India, and Philippines. FB2A Mexico moves forward by six (6) months to July 1, 2006.
  • FB2B ROW, China and India remain unchanged at April 15, 2003.  FB2B Mexico also remains unchanged at July 15, 1992.  FB2B Philippines moves forward by four (2) months to December 1, 1999.

Slow Movement for Employment-based Petitions, Retrogression or Minor Movement in Family-based Priority Dates

The slow forward movement across many employment categories continues, as expected, although the movement in the employment-based categories may be very disappointing to many, especially in the EB-2 India category which did not move at all this month, for a 8 consecutive months. The slightly positive news is that EB-3 India moved forward by three weeks (in continuation of last month’s forward movement of three weeks).

We have finally seen the FB2A category move forward by four months, after the significant retrogression over the past few months. Forward movement in FB2A is expected to be slow over the next few months, according to indications from the State Department. Unfortunately, due to strong demand, the FB1 category retrogresses by 8 months for many regions.   This is due to heavy demand in the FB1 category which is expected to continue and further backward movements in FB1 are possible.

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