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Friday, February 15, 2013

March 2013 Visa Bulletin: EB Advances for China, Remains Slow for India


The March 2013 Visa Bulletin recently released by the U.S. Department State brings little surprises.  On the employment side, India continues to have slow (EB-3) or no (EB-2) movement, as a result of persistent high usage of employment-based immigration visas by the USCIS.  This is consistent with the predictions made by office of Visa Control and Reporting Division at the State Department.   The State Department predicts that this situation will likely to last for a few more months. China, on the other hand, advances four (4) and nine (9) weeks in the EB-2 and EB-3 employment-based categories respectively. 

Most family-sponsored categories continue to move forward.  Significantly, the Philippines moves forward by seven (7) months to October 15, 1998 in the F-1 (unmarried adult children of U.S. citizen) category;  China, India, and the "Other Countries" advance six (6) weeks to March 1, 2005 in the F-2B visa category (unmarried adult children of U.S. lawful residents).  The State Department predicts that moderate forward movements will continue on the family side.  
Family 
Other Countries
CHINA
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
F1
15FEB06
15FEB06
15FEB06
22JUL93
15OCT98

F2A
22NOV10
22NOV10
22NOV10
15NOV10
22NOV10

F2B
01MAR05
01MAR05
01MAR05
15JAN93
08JUN02

F3
15JUL02
15JUL02
15JUL02
15MAR93
15SEP92

F4
22APR01
22APR01
22APR01
15AUG96
15JUL89


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
15FEB08
01SEP04
C
C
3rd
01MAY07
22JAN07
22NOV02
01MAY07
01SEP06
Other Workers
01MAY07
01JUL03
22NOV02
01MAY07
01SEP06
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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