The State Department has announced the August 2012 Visa Bulletin. Because of the continued high demand on the family-sponsored first preference immigrant visa category (F1) for Philippine-born applicants, the Philippine priority cut-off date for this category has retrogressed to March 1, 1994.
Beginning August 1, 2012, only Philippine-born F1 applicants with priority dates earlier than March 1, 1994 are eligible for processing.
If your case is affected by the retrogression and you have previously received a visa appointment notification from us, please do not continue with your medical exam and interview appointment at this time. When your case becomes current, you will receive notification from us on how to proceed with your application.
To keep abreast of the movement of priority date cutoffs and visa number availability, you may visit http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html.
If you need more information, please contact us by email at IVManilaReplies@state.gov or by phone at (632) 301-2000, extension 5484 or 5185.