Encouraging Progress in Visa Bulletin Priority Date

Encouraging Progress in Visa Bulletin Priority Date
June 9, 2011

The State Department just issued the July Visa Bulletin. Notable movement include:

  • India & China EB-2: cut-off date progressed nearly 5 months, to 03/08/2007;
  • China EB-3: progressed 1.5 months, to 07/01/2004;


As reported by ILG in March 2011, relief was coming for EB-2 India and China born applicants. Since that report, EB-2 cut-off date for India born applicants moved 2 months, 3.5 months, and 5 months, over each of the past 3 months. During that same period, EB-2 China moved 1 week, 2.5 months, and 5 months


Because this relief resulted in redistributing unused EB-1 visa numbers, which are made available to EB-2 cases first, there has been little movement in the EB-3 category. Over the past 3 months, EB-3 India only moved a total of 3 weeks, while EB-3 China moved a total of 4 months.


USCIS organizes pending I-485 cases based on their priority date. As pending cases returns to being "current" each month, USCIS proactively pulls the cases that are eligible for final approval. If your case is current, USCIS does not need to be "alerted" but they do need time to process the large number of cases that are now becoming eligible for approval each month. As such, there is no need to contact USCIS or your attorney unless your case has not been approved after 2 months of becoming current.