Effective July 1st, 2012 the EB-2 priority date will retrogress to January 1, 2009 for all countries except for China and India, which remain unavailable. We suspect that the priority dates will not move forward until October of this year. In fact The Department of State flat out stated that EB-2 China and India will remain unavailable for the rest of the year, and that the rest of the world may become unavailable as well if the demand increases. Here is their message from the July visa bulletin:
“Continued heavy demand for numbers in the Employment Second preference category has required the establishment of a Worldwide cut-off date for the month of July. This action has been taken in an effort to hold number use within the annual numerical limit. Should there be an increase in the current demand pattern, it may be necessary to make this category completely “unavailable” prior to September 30, 2012.
The China and India Employment Second preference categories are already “unavailable”, and will remain so for the remainder of the fiscal year. “
If you have a current priority date, and would like to adjust your status to that of a permanent resident, we strongly suggest that you ensure USCIS receives your case by June 29th.