Visa Bulletin for October 2012
The following October 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 10/08/2005 10/08/2005 10/08/2005 06/15/1993 04/01/1996
F2A 06/01/2010 06/01/2010 06/01/2010 05/15/2010 06/01/2010
F2B 09/15/2004 09/15/2004 09/15/2004 10/01/1992 01/22/2002
F3 05/22/2002 05/22/2002 05/22/2002 02/08/1993 07/22/1992
F4 03/15/2001 02/15/2001 03/15/2001 06/22/1996 02/08/1989


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 01/01/2012 07/15/2007 09/01/2004 01/01/2012 01/01/2012
3rd 10/22/2006 02/08/2006 10/15/2002 10/22/2006 08/01/2006
Other Workers 10/22/2006 06/22/2003 10/15/2002 10/22/2006 08/01/2006
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers U U U U U
5th C C C C C
5th Targeted Employment Areas U C C C C
5th Pilot Programs U U U U U
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

Further information on visa bulletin preferences

       
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