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Sunday, September 15, 2013

October 2013 Visa Bulletin: Family 2A No Longer Current

The most significant change in the October Visa Bulletin is that family-based second preference (F2A) has now a cut-off date for all countries, after having been current for the past two (2) months.  As predicted by the State Department, the current status of the last two months has generated a large number of applications.  The number is large enough to use up all the available visa numbers, resulting in retrogression in this visa category.  The good news is that the retrogression is only a minor one with all cut-off dates in September of 2013.  However, the situation could get worse in the future. Intending immigrants with a current visa petition should not wait to apply for an immigrant visa or adjustment of status. There are no significant movements in other family visa categories.

On the employment side, employment second preference (EB2) India remains unchanged this month after having advanced five (5) months in September. EB2 China advances five (5) weeks in October to September 15, 2008.  There are no significant movements in other employment categories.  Please see the tables below for details. 

Family 
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
10/01/06
10/01/06
10/01/06
09/22/93
06/01/01

F2A
09/08/13
09/08/13
09/08/13
09/01/13
09/01/13

F2B
03/01/06
03/01/06
03/01/06
03/08/94
02/08/03

F3
01/22/03
01/22/03
01/22/03
05/22/93
01/01/93

F4
08/08/01
08/08/01
08/08/01
10/15/96
03/22/90


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
09/15/08
06/15/08
C
C

EB3
07/01/10
07/01/10
09/22/03
07/01/10
12/15/06

Other Workers
07/01/10
09/22/04
09/22/03
07/01/10
12/15/06

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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