FY2012 Limit Reached for EB2 Visas from India and Mainland China

The Department of State has confirmed with officials from the American Immigration Lawyers Association that the employment based second preference visa limit has been reached for the 2012 fiscal year for immigrants chargeable to India or Mainland China. This means that no further visa numbers are available and no visas will be issued to members of this category until further notice. Officials are hopeful that they will be able to correct EB2 priority date retrogression for these chargeable areas as soon as possible after the start of the new fiscal year in October. In the mean time, USCIS will continue to accept applications based upon the cut-off dates published in the April and May 2012 Visa Bulletins. These applications will remain pending until visa numbers become available and processing can again move forward.