Major Retrogression of Second Preference Employment Based Visa Numbers for China and India

Contact: Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated (San Antonio, Texas, USA)

On March 23, 2012, the State Department (DOS) announced that cut-off dates for second preference employment-based (EB-2) immigrant visa availability for China-mainland born and India

will retrogress to August 15, 2007 in the May Visa Bulletin, which has yet to be published by DOS.  The EB-2 category is reserved for members of professions holding advanced degrees and persons of exceptional ability.  According to the announcement, the retrogression is required because of the high demand for the EB-2 category from those countries and the need to continue to have visa numbers available for natives of other countries. Click here to read entire article.