There is not much good news for Mexico where the only category to move forward was Family 2A (spouses and children of LPRs) by 6 weeks to April 15, 2012. All other family categories from Mexico remain at the same date as the August 2012 bulletin.
The Philippines F1 category (Unmarried sons and daughters of USC) regained about 8 months of the 2 years they lost last month and is now at November 8, 1994. F2A for the Philippines moved forward 1 week to May 8, 2010. All other family categories from the Philippines remain the same as August 2012.
All other countries family categories moved foward from 2 to 11 weeks.
For Mexico, there was a significant move forward for F2B (unmarried children over 21 of LPRs) -- moving forward nearly 9 months to August 22, 1992. Of course, Mexico continues to be the only country that is stuck in the 1990's in this category. The F2A (spouses and unmarried children under 21) moved forward 4 weeks to March 1, 2010. The other family categories from Mexico either did not move (F1 and F3, children over 21 of USCs) or only moved 1 week (F4 siblings of USCs).
For the Philippines, there was a retrogression in F1 (unmarried children over 21 of USCs) of over 2 years to March 1, 1994 (last month the date was July 15, 1997).
All other countries continued to move forward at the same rate.
I apologize for being late with the Visa Bulletin for July. I was out of town when it came out and then the Deferred Action policy announcement has consumed all of my time.
The biggest jump in family categories was 15 weeks for the Mexican 2A category (spouses and unmarried children under 21 of LPRs). This category retrogressed significantly in January 2011 by 5 years to April 2005. For July 2012, the F2A category from Mexico is back to February 2, 2010.
The 2A category for all other countries moved forward 6 weeks to February 15, 2010.
No movement was made in the Mexico F2B category (unmarried children over 21 of LPRs) that remains at January 1, 1992, and the Philippines F3 category (married children of USCs) that remains at July 22, 1992.
All other categories moved forward by 1-3 weeks. Mexico and the Philippines continue to have family categories in the 1990's and Philippines F4 (siblings of USC's) is stuck in February 1989.
The Department of State released the May 2012 Visa Bulletin on Good Friday, but the news for family members from Mexico was not so good.
The F2B category (unmarried sons and daughters of LPRs) remains stalled at December 1, 1992. This is the same place it has been for 5 months now. This category has only moved forward 4 months in the last year (it was August 1, 1992 in May 2011).
The F2A category (spouses and children of LPRs) did move forward 6 weeks to October 15, 2009. This category is still retrogressed from the date reached in December 2010 (March 1, 2010), but continues to inch forward.
The F1 category (unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. Citizens) moved forward 1 week to May 15, 1993.
The F3 (married sons and daughters of USCs) and F4 (siblings of USCs) categories remained the same.
All countries other than Mexico and the Philippines continue to move at the same pace with progress of 3-5 weeks in all family categories.
Two Philippines categories remained stalled (F2B and F3); the others moved forward 1-3 weeks.