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State Department Releases June 2009 Visa Bulletin
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The State Department has recently released the Visa Bulletin for June 2009. As per the June 2009 Visa Bulletin, the waiting period for the second employment-based green card (EB-2) category will increase considerably for India next month. The State Department will impose a cut-off date of January 1, 2000 for EB-2 India – a retrogression of more than four years – in order to make sure that annual quotas are not exceeded. The third employment-based preference category (EB-3) will remain unavailable for all countries and waiting periods for all other employment-based categories will be unchanged.

In June, priority date cut-offs for the first three employment-based categories will be as follows:

EB-1: Current for all countries.
EB-2: China – February 15, 2005; India – January 1, 2000; all other countries – current.
EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers: Unavailable.
EB-3 Other Workers: Unavailable.

Because of heavy demand for employment-based immigrant visas, the State Department is projecting that availability of visa numbers in all categories and for all countries could become more limited in the last three months of Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, which ends on September 30. In the coming months, the State Department could impose waiting periods on employment-based categories that are now current and lengthen waiting periods for categories that are already backlogged.

Read the complete Visa Bulletin for June 2009.

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