China-Mainland Born and India EB-2 Retrogression

The demand for China and India Employment Second preference numbers has increased and the priority date has been retrogressed to August 15, 2007.  The DOS has indicated that every effort will be made to return that cut-off date to the previously announced date of May 1, 2010.  EB-2 Visa applicants processing in April at consulates abroad will still receive visas, as those numbers were allocated before the cut-off date was established.   Once the immigrant visa numbers are exhausted for the fiscal year, new immigrant visa numbers are not available until the beginning with FY2013 which is October 1, 2012. For additional information, please see the May 2012 Visa Bulletin here.