January 2013 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State has released the January 2013 Visa Bulletin.  This is the fourth Visa Bulletin for the 2013 fiscal year (FY2013).    Headlines include:  Continued lack of movement in EB-2 India, and a sizable forward movement in EB-3 China of more than two and a half months.

Summary of the  January 2013 Visa Bulletin – Employment-Based (EB)

  • EB-1 remains current.
  • EB-2 for ROW, Mexico and Philippines are all current.    EB-2 India remains unchanged at September 1, 2004.   EB-2 China moves forward by six weeks to December 8, 2007.
  • EB-3 ROW and EB-3 Mexico move forward by five weeks to February 1, 2007.  EB-3 Philippines remains unchanged at August 15, 2006, EB-3 China  moves forward by eleven weeks to September 22, 2006, and EB-3 India  moves forward by one week to November 8, 2002.
  • The “other worker” category moves forward by five weeks for ROW and Mexico to February 1, 2007, remains unchanged at August 15, 2006 for Philippines, and remains unchanged at July 1, 2003 for China.  India moves forward by one week to November 8, 2002.

Summary of the January 2013 Visa Bulletin – Family-Based (FB)

  • FB-1 ROW, China, and India all move forward by three weeks to December 22, 2005.   FB-1 Mexico moves forward by one week to July 8, 1993, and FB-1 Philippines moves forward by eight weeks to December 22, 1997.
  • FB-2A moves forward by one month to September 22, 2010 for ROW, China, India, and Philippines, and FB-2A Mexico moves forward by one month to September 1, 2010.
  • FB-2B ROW, China, and India all move forward by three weeks to December 8, 2004.  FB-2B Mexico moves forward by three weeks to November 22, 1992, and FB-2B Philippines moves forward by three weeks to April 15, 2002.

Contact The Law Offices of Dayna Kelly if you’d like to speak with an attorney about your immigration matters.  We will continue to update our readers on Department of State updates, including the release of the February 2013 Visa Bulletin.

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