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Friday, April 19, 2013

May 2013 Visa Bulletin

There are some significant advancement in both Family and Employment categories in May.

Family 2A advances 2 to 2.5 months for all countries across the board including China, India, Philippines, and Mexico.  Philippines 1st moves forward by about 4 months.  Family 2B also enjoys decent forward movements for all countries.  On the employment side, both China and Mexico jump forward by 5 months in the EB-3 category.  The significant advancements in the cut-off dates of the EB-3 category are intentional in an attempt to fully utilize all available visa numbers allocated for the fiscal year.  Such advancements may continue for the next few months, according to the State Department.  EB-2 India remains unchanged while EB-2 China advances again to May 15, 2008.  Please see the tables below for further details.

 

Family 

Other Countries

CHINA

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

F1

01APR06

01APR06

01APR06

08AUG93

01JUN99

 

F2A

01MAR11

01MAR11

01MAR11

01FEB11

01MAR11

 

F2B

15MAY05

15MAY05

15MAY05

01MAY93

08SEP02

 

F3

08AUG02

08AUG02

08AUG02

01APR93

22OCT92

 

F4

01MAY01

01MAY01

01MAY01

08SEP96

01OCT89

 

 

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

15MAY08

01SEP04

C

C

 

3rd

01DEC07

01DEC07

22DEC02

01DEC07

15SEP06

 

Other Workers

01DEC07

01SEP03

22DEC02

01DEC07

15SEP06

 

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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