May 2013 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State has released the May 2013 Visa Bulletin.  This is the eighth Visa Bulletin for the 2013 fiscal year (FY2013).    Headlines include:  Significant movement in EB-3, continued lack of movement for EB-2 India, and China EB-2 moves forward by six weeks.

Summary of the  May 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 weeks to May 15, 2008.
  • EB-3 ROW and EB-3 Mexico move forward by five months to December 1, 2007.  EB-3 Philippines moves forward by one week to September 15, 2006, EB-3 China moves forward by eleven months to December 1, 2007, and EB-3 India  moves forward by two weeks to December 22, 2002.
  • The “other worker” category moves forward by five months for ROW and Mexico to December 1, 2007, moves forward by one week to September 15, 2006 for Philippines, and moves forward by seven weeks to September 1, 2003 for China.  India moves forward by two weeks to December 22, 2002.

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

  • FB-1 ROW, China, and India all move forward by three weeks to April 1, 2006.   FB-1 Mexico moves forward by one week to August 8, 1993, and FB-1 Philippines moves forward by three and half months to June 1, 1999.
  • FB-2A moves forward by two and half months to March 1, 2011 for ROW, China, India, and Philippines, and FB-2A Mexico moves forward by two months to February 1, 2011.
  • FB-2B ROW, China, and India all move forward by five weeks to May 15, 2005.  FB-2B Mexico moves forward by two months to April 1, 1993, and FB-2B Philippines moves forward by two and half months to September 8, 2002.

Looking Ahead

  • According to the Department of State:  The Employment-based Third preference category cut-off date for most countries has advanced significantly.  This has been done in an attempt to generate demand so that the annual numerical limits may be fully utilized, and such movements may continue for the next few months.  The rapid movement of cut-off dates is often followed months later by a dramatic increase in demand for numbers.  Once such demand begins to materialize the cut-off date movements will begin to slow or stop.

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 June 2013 Visa Bulletin when it becomes available.

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