Reports from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) suggest that the State Department will probably issue a revised Visa Bulletin for July 2007 on Monday July 2nd or Tuesday July 3rd, which will retrogress most of the employment-based categories. There are indications that some categories may even become unavailable after these dates. This is indeed a very disappointing turn to what had initially seemed like a generous and well thought out move by the DOS.
The reports from AILA state that USCIS is trying to adjudicate the employment-based AOS applications currently in the pipeline before the end of the fiscal year 2007. We have already detailed this in our news report Early July End to EB “C” Status: Rumor or True?
Even though AILA’s report does not guarantee such an announcement, but the chances are very high. In the case of such an announcement, the categories most likely to be affected would be the second and third employment based categories, especially for countries like India, China and even Mexico.
In the meantime the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) is planning to sue USCIS for every case rejected on the basis of a revised Visa Bulletin. The Foundation has already expressed dissatisfaction over USCIS decision to reject EB-3 “Other Worker” Cases in mid-June, as the Bulletin has showed the category available for the whole month.
Keep posted for more update on this issue.