|The Department of State released the new visa bulletin for July 2010 on June 10, 2010.|
For the month of July, the EB-1 category remained current for both Chinese and Indian nationals. In the EB-2 category, cut-off dates stayed the same for Chinese nationals (November 22, 2005), but moved forward eight months for Indian nationals from February 1, 2005 to October 1, 2005. In the EB-3 category, dates moved forward from June 22, 2003 to August 15, 2003 and from October 22, 2001 to November 22, 2001 for Chinese and Indian nationals respectively
For the month of June, the EB-1 category was current. In the EB-2 category, dates moved forward for mainland Chinese nationals from September 22, 2005 to November 22, 2005 and remain unchanged for Indian nationals (February 1, 2005). In the EB-3 category, dates moved forward for both mainland Chinese nationals from April 22, 2003 to June 22, 2003 and Indian nationals from October 1, 2001 to October 22, 2001.
Due to the economic crisis, there have been fewer applicants for PERM EB-2 this fiscal year. In 2008, 2,060 PERM applications were submitted to the Atlanta processing center; however, in 2009, the number of applicants decreased to 1,322. When visa numbers were open to all categories in June and July 2007, USCIS received an increased number of I-140 and I-485 petitions. USCIS is currently reviewing these cases. As predicted, cut-off dates, for the most part, have continued to move forward. For Indian recipients of EB-2s, the cut-off date this month moved up considerably. We hope to see this same trend next month.
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