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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jan. / Feb. 2013 Visa Bulletins


Feb. 2013 Visa Bulletin: EB advances for China but stagnant for India
For February 2013, the Visa Bulletin published by the U.S. State Department continues to be a tale of two countries for employment immigration. While China continues to move forward in the employment categories, India remains stagnant.  Employment based second preference (advance degree holders) moves forward by five weeks for China while India remains unchanged at September 1, 2004.  China’s employment based third preference (bachelor’s degree and skilled workers) moves forward by seven weeks while India’s EB3 category tiptoes forward by one week only.

For family-sponsored immigration, most first and second preference categories continue to move forward while third and fourth preference categories remain unchanged or move slowly.  Significantly, family 2B advances five weeks for China, India and “Other Countries”.   Family forth preference for the Philippines also moves forward nicely by more than two months to June 1, 1989.  Please see the tables below for details:

Family 
Other Countries
CHINA
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
F1
15JAN06
15JAN06
15JAN06
15JUL93
08MAR98
F2A
22OCT10
22OCT10
22OCT10
08OCT10
22OCT10
F2B
15JAN05
15JAN05
15JAN05
15DEC92
15MAY02
F3
08JUL02
08JUL02
08JUL02
08MAR93
22AUG92
F4
15APR01
15APR01
15APR01
01AUG96
01JUN89
1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,000 per year).
2A: The 2 "A" preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.
2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.
3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens.(about 23,000 per year)
4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)

Employment
Other Countries
CHINA
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
1st
C
C
C
C
C
2nd
C
15JAN08
01SEP04
C
C
3rd
15MAR07
15NOV06
15NOV02
15MAR07
22AUG06
Other Workers
15MAR07
01JUL03
15NOV02
15MAR07
22AUG06
4th
C
C
C
C
C
5th
C
C
C
C
C
1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding prof./researchers)
2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.
3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)
4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious & others)
5th: Employment Creation (Investors)




Jan. 2013 Visa Bulletin: Slow to Moderate Advancements
The first month of 2013 does not bring us any unusual movements in the visa bulletin.   Most family sponsored visa categories advance slowly to moderately. For examples, Family 2A move forward by 4 weeks for most countries.   The big winner is Family 1st for the Philippines, which leap forward by10 weeks to December 22, 1997.

On the Employment side, EB-2 India continues to be stagnant with no movement while EB-2 China moves forward by about 6 weeks.  Most EB-3 visa categories enjoy moderate forward movements.  Please see the tables below for details:

Family 
Other Countries
CHINA
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
F1
01DEC05
01DEC05
01DEC05
01JUL93
08OCT97
F2A
22AUG10
22AUG10
22AUG10
01AUG10
22AUG10
F2B
15NOV04
15NOV04
15NOV04
01NOV92
22MAR02
F3
08JUN02
08JUN02
08JUN02
01MAR93
01AUG92
F4
01APR01
01APR01
01APR01
22JUL96
22MAR89
1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,000 per year).
2A: The 2 "A" preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.
2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.
3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens.(about 23,000 per year)
4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)

Employment
Other Countries
CHINA
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
1st
C
C
C
C
C
2nd
C
22OCT07
01SEP04
C
C
3rd
22DEC06
01JUL06
01NOV02
22DEC06
15AUG06
Other Workers
22DEC06
01JUL03
01NOV02
22DEC06
15AUG06
4th
C
C
C
C
C
5th
C
C
C
C
C
1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding prof./researchers)
2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.
3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)
4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious & others)
5th: Employment Creation (Investors)

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