July 2012 Employment Based Visa Bulletin
The Department of State released the latest visa bulletin for July 2012 on June 11, 2012.
For the month of July 2012, the EB-1 category is still current for nationals all over the world.
In EB-2 category, visa numbers are still unavailable both for Chinese Mainland nationals and Indian nationals. Moreover, the EB-2 cut-off dates for applicants of all other countries and regions retrogressed to January 1, 2009. In other words, if those applicants want to do a concurrent filing for I-140 and I-485, or file an I-485 based on an approved I-140, they should do so before July 1, 2012. We predict that the EB-2 cut-off dates may advance a lot for those applicants on the October visa bulletin when the next fiscal year starts.
In the EB-3 category, the cut-off dates moved forward from August 8, 2005 to September 22, 2005 for Chinese Mainland nationals while the cut-off dates moved forward from September 15, 2002 to September 22, 2002 for Indian nationals.
For the recently popular EB-5 investment immigration, the visa number now is still current world wide even though more people are submitting their applications.
Again, before you start the application process, it is imperative that you consult with a highly trained legal professional, particularly since USCIS has become stricter with EB-1 applications after a memo was released on August 18, 2010. In essence, the USCIS memo breaks the EB-1 evaluation process up into two parts: 1) Evaluating whether the applicant meets the baseline criteria for the immigration category and 2) determining whether the applicant’s evidence demonstrates the required high level of expertise for the immigration category. In the second part of the review process the USCIS will evaluate the evidence to see if, as a whole, it proves by a preponderance of the evidence that the applicant is at the very top of his or her field of endeavor.
Although the visa numbers are unavailable in EB-2 category, we still recommend that you file your NIW petition as soon as possible if you are qualified for a NIW. In doing so, you would have an earlier priority date. In fact, we always encourage our clients to file a NIW petition if they are qualified. For the year of 2008, our firm received 402 NIW approvals. For the year of 2009, our firm received 430 NIW approvals. For the year of 2010, our firm received 223 NIW approvals. For the year of 2011, our firm received 286 NIW approvals. From January to May 2012, our firm received 131 NIW approvals. Furthermore, from January to May 2012, our firm also received 110 EB-1 approvals.
If you are interested in filing a NIW but not sure if you are qualified, please contact Attorney Jerry Zhang at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will provide you with a free evaluation.
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