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Monday, August 19, 2013

September 2013 Visa Bulletin: Eb-2 India advances to 06/15/2008

In the recently released September 2013 Visa Bulletin by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the headline news is the rapid advancement of the cutoff dates in the employment-based preference categories. Eb-2 India advances by more than five (5) months to 06/15/2008 while Eb-2 China remains unchanged. Eb-3 India moves forward significantly by nine (9) months to 09/22/2003; Eb-3 Philippines advances by five (5) weeks to 12/1/2006;  Eb-3, China, Mexico and Other Countries all move forward to 07/01/2010 - a eighteen (18) months jump.  

The cutoff dates in family-based immigration visa categories advance slowly in September. The good news is that the F2A visa category (spouses and children of lawful permanent residents) remains current in September, although the State Department states that a cutoff date is expected next month for this category.  Eligible applicants should file their applications in September before visa numbers become retrogressed again.

Family 
Other Countries
CHINA
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
F1
09/15/06
09/15/06
09/15/06
09/08/93
05/08/01

F2A
C
C
C
C
C

F2B
02/15/06
02/15/06
02/15/06
02/22/94
01/22/03

F3
01/22/03
01/22/03
01/22/03
05/15/93
12/22/92

F4
07/22/01
07/22/01
07/22/01
10/08/96
02/15/90


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
EB1
C
C
C
C
C

EB2
C
08/08/08
06/15/08
C
C

EB3
07/01/10
07/01/10
09/22/03
07/01/10
12/01/06

Other Workers
07/01/10
06/1045/
09/22/03
07/01/10
12/01/06

EB4
C
C
C
C
C

EB5
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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