August 2007 Visa Bulletin: DOS withdraws July Update!

The August 2007 Visa Bulletin released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) shows all Employment based categories current for all countries. The August Visa Bulletin will come into effect from August 1, 2007.

July Visa Bulletin Update Withdrawn

The August Visa Bulletin has officially withdrawn the July 2nd Update to the July 2007 Visa Bulletin. The USCIS has followed up with their own update, which states the original July Visa Bulletin (issued on June 12) should be relied upon as the current July Visa Bulletin.

The original July Bulletin issued by the DOS had made all EB categories, except EB-3 Other Workers category, current. That meant anyone eligible under the category could process their Form I-485s irrespective of their priority date. However, on July 2nd, the day the bulletin was actually to come into effect, the DOS issued an update which made all EB categories “Unavailable” till the next fiscal year i.e. October 2007.

Future EB Number Availability

As per the August 2007 Visa Bulletin, all Employment-based preference categories are “Unavailable” for August. The Bulletin also hints that the numbers are likely to remain so, until October 2007.

In the meantime, The USCIS will be accepting employment-based applications to adjust status (Form I-485) filed by aliens whose priority dates are current under the July Visa Bulletin, No. 107 through a 31-day period from July 18 through August 17, 2007. Also, the applications that have been filed properly so far will also not be rejected.

Severe Retrogression for Mexico Family Based Fourth Preference Category

Due to an increase in case numbers for the Family based 4th category in Mexico, the cut-off dates have been retrogressed by more than a year.

Employment Based Categories

Categories
Worldwide
China (PRC)
India
Mexico
Philippines
1st
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
2nd
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
3rd
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unskilled
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
4th
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Religious
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
5th
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable
Unavailable

Family Based

Categories
Worldwide
China (PRC)
India
Mexico
Philippines
1st
08-08-01
08-08-01
08-08-01
01-01-91
05-01-92
2A
07-22-02
07-22-02
07-22-02
11-01-01
07-22-02
2B
04-08-98
04-08-98
04-08-98
03-08-92
10-22-96
3rd
10-01-99
10-01-99
10-01-99
02-08-88
01-01-85
4th
11-01-96
07-22-96
03-01-96
02-01-93
05-01-85
  • F-1 (Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens) moves forward by one month to August 8th 2001 for all countries except Mexico, which remains the same and Philippines, which forward by a few days to April 22nd, 1992.
  • F – 2A (Spouses & Children) moves forward almost by two months to 22nd July 2002 for all  countries except Mexico, which moves forward by three months to 11th November 2001; and Philippines moves forward by almost two months to July 22nd 2002.
  • F – 2B (Unmarried Sons and Daughters) moves forward by almost two months to 8th April 1998 for all countries except for Mexico, which shows no movement and Philippines which moves forward by 20 days to 22nd October 1996.
  • F – 3 (Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens) moves forward by almost three months to 1st October 1999 for all countries except for Mexico and Philippines, for who there is no movement and no further retrogression either.
  • F – 4 (Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens) again shows movement for all countries. The cut-off dates-
  1. Worldwide moves forward by almost two months to 1st November 1996
  2. India move forward almost by a month to 1st March 1996.
  3. China moves forward almost by three months to 22nd July 1996;
  4. Mexico faces massive retrogression in this category to slip back more than a year from 22nd July 1994 to 1st February 1993;
  5. Philippines moves forward by one month to 1st May 1985