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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration


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by Chris Musillo

The Department of State has just released the May 2012 Visa Bulletin.

As expected, this Visa Bulletin retrogressed the India and China the EB-2 categories, after several months of big progressions. The EB-3 categories had their usual modest gains of a few weeks in all categories.


The Visa Bulletin confirmed that although the Indian and China EB-2 dates were retrogressed to August 15, 2007, it is expected that these dates will progress to the prior May 2010 date with the October 2012 Visa Bulletin. The October 2012 Visa Bulletin is the first visa bulletin of the 2013 fiscal year.

The full explanation from the May 2012 Visa Bulletin:


Due to the rapid forward movement of the cut-off date, demand for China and India Employment Second preference numbers has increased dramatically during recent months, and at a much faster rate than had been expected. Therefore, it has been necessary to retrogress that cut-off date to August 15, 2007 in an attempt to hold number use within the annual limit while maintaining availability for those countries that have not yet reached their per-country limit. Notices were included in the November, January, and February Visa Bulletins alerting readers to the possibility of such a retrogression. While corrective action has become necessary earlier than was anticipated based on the information available at the time cut-off dates were determined, it is hoped that readers are not caught off guard by this retrogression.

Should additional information regarding potential demand become available, it may be necessary to take additional corrective action at any time.

Every effort will be made to return the China and India Employment Second preference cut-off date to the previously announced April date of May 1, 2010. This will be done as quickly as possible under the FY-2013 annual limits, which take effect October 1, 2012. It will not be possible to speculate on the cut-off date which may apply at that time until late summer.


May 2012 Visa Bulletin
  All Other Countries China India Mexico
EB-2 Current 15AUG07 15AUG07 Current
EB-3 01MAY06 01APR05 08SEP02 01MAY06


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  1. Praveen Dasari's Avatar
    I applied for a Nursing job in the US in the year 2005. When am I going to get a chance to migrate with family in the context of retrogression occurring? Please advise.
  2. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    If you are an Indian native, the EB3 date is still September 2002 and so you are likely still 3 years from immigrating. You should regularly contact your US employer to insure that the job offer continues.
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