Saturday, July 11, 2009

August VB released

The Department of State has released the August Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin is the listing of processing dates for immigrant visas (Green cards). As expected there are no changes in the August Bulletin, as all visas has been exhausted for the usual categories (EB3) for RNs, PTs, OTs and other allied positions.

The EB2 category remains “current” for natives of most countries. Cases filed under EB2 are eligible for immediate processing and should expect approval in the near future. The two major EB2 exceptions are China and India. Chinese and Indian cases are only being processed for those with priority dates before October 1, 2003.

The September Visa Bulletin will be released in mid-August. The September VB will likely have the same dates as the August Visa Bulletin, at least with respect to the categories discussed in this post.

The next major Visa Bulletin will be the October VB, which should be published in mid-September. The US fiscal year runs from October 1 – September 30, and so the 2010 US fiscal year begins October 1, 2009. Preliminary expectations are that the DOS will start the dates off slowly, and then progress them in a systematic process throughout the year. My sense is that the EB3 dates will be in the 2003-05 time frame. Depending on demand in October and November, I could see those dates aggressively moving ahead.

Predicting the progression of Visa Bulletin dates is a somewhat impossible exercise. No one knows just how many 2003-05 visas remain unused, and no one knows how many of those people no longer want their visas.


  1. Sir I am an Indian nurse. My priority date is August,2005. Is any hope in next fiscal year? i am at the stage of packet 3.

  2. Hello, I am a Dutch PT, my priority date is Oct 2007, will I have to wait another 2 years or more?
    Please let me know if you can.

  3. @ Shibu- I do think there is a very good chance that your case is current in the next FY. Good luck!

    @ Helen- I think that 2 years is probably about right, althoguh that time frame could be expidited if there is new legislation.

  4. hello sir,

    i am RN and my priority date is june 2006 and now i think it is too far to reach, i think i should start my BSCN in october. sir what is you opinion how much time will it take to be current of my priority date.

  5. many thanx for your reply sir.

  6. Hello Sir,

    Till what date one can file H1B under the cap? Is it till 30th Sept 2009. In case the 65,000 is not reached by 30th Sept can one continue to file the application till the figure reaches 65,000. Kindly advise

  7. You can continue to file until the 65000 are fully used. The deadline is Sept 30, 2010, not 2009.

  8. Hi Chris

    My P.D. 2006 July from ROW & case already completed at NVC.
    Chris, do you this this PD will be current in next fiscal year (till 2010 september)without any new legislation??

  9. Hi Chris
    Our house version of schedule A visa relief bill doesn't seem as strong as before in comparision to other bills ie AGJOB,Family reuniting act, their bill are getting more cosponsers.Why??
    I think our lobbyiest are not effectively working? aren't congressman interested in this bill as before(HR 2924 in 2008)!!!

  10. why are you not posting any reply?


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