NewsFlash! Major Retrogression for EB2 India and China in June 2016 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India and China suffer substantial retrogression in the June 2016 Visa Bulletin, which was released this afternoon by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). In the final action (FA) chart, EB2 India rolls back more than four years, to October 1, 2004, while EB2 China reverts back by nearly three years, to January 1, 2010. Cutoffs dates for the employment-based, third preference (EB3) for people born in China also retrogress by more than 3 1/2 years, to January 1, 2010. EB3 India, on the other hand, moves forward, but only by three weeks, with a new cutoff date of September 22, 2004.

The latest visa bulletin also includes several predictions, including:

  • EB2 and EB3 India are expected to advance slowly during the last three months of the fiscal year.
  • Neither EB2 nor EB3 China is expected to advance at all for the remainder of the fiscal year.
  • For the categories that retrogressed, “Every effort will be made to return the retrogressed dates to those listed in the May 2016 Visa Bulletin as quickly as possible, once the [new fiscal year begins on October 1, 2016]. … Speculation on how quickly, or when, a full recovery might occur might not be possible until late summer.”

A more detailed analysis of the June 2016 Visa Bulletin will be posted on MurthyDotCom in the near future. Subscribe to the free MurthyBulletin to be notified of future updates.


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