Visa Bulletin for May 2012
The following May 2012 visa bulletin was released by U.S. Department of State. The dates in the visa bulletin represent the earliest priority date that will be processed during the month the visa bulletin is issued for. Certain high demand countries such as China (Mainland Born), India, Mexico and Philippines have a much longer wait time compared to the rest of the world (ROW).

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"C" means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants.
"U" means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available. 
Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.

Family-Sponsored Preferences

Family-Sponsored All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 05/01/2005 05/01/2005 05/01/2005 05/15/1993 07/01/1997
F2A 11/15/2009 11/15/2009 11/15/2009 10/15/2009 11/15/2009
F2B 02/22/2004 02/22/2004 02/22/2004 12/01/1992 12/08/2001
F3 03/08/2002 03/08/2002 03/08/2002 01/15/1993 07/22/1992
F4 12/01/2000 11/22/2000 12/01/2000 06/01/1996 01/22/1989


In the above table, the categories listed are as follows:
F1 - Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens
F2A - Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents
F2B - Unmarried Sons and Daughters
F3 - Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens
F4 - Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens

Further information on visa bulletin preferences


Employment-Based Preferences

Employment-Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C
2nd C 08/15/2007 08/15/2007 C C
3rd 05/01/2006 04/01/2005 09/08/2002 05/01/2006 05/01/2006
Other Workers 05/01/2006 04/22/2003 09/08/2002 05/01/2006 05/01/2006
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th C C C C C
5th Targeted Employment Areas C C C C C
5th Pilot Programs C C C C C
Iraq Afghan Translators - - - -

In the above table, the categories listed are as follows:
EB1 - Priority Workers
EB2 - Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability
EB3 - Skilled Workers and Professionals
EB3-Other - Other Unskilled Workers
EB4 - Certain Special Immigrants
EB4-Religious - Religious Workers
EB4 - Iraq and Afghan Translators
EB5 - Employment Creation
EB5 - Targeted Employment Areas
EB5 - Pilot Programs

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