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Friday, April 6, 2012

Department of State Announced Retrogression of the China and India EB-2 Priority Dates in May 2012


The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that, 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. The DOS assured that 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. USCIS will continue accepting China and India Employment Second preference I-485 filings based on the originally announced April cut-off date.

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