June 2013 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State has released the June 2013 Visa Bulletin.  This is the ninth Visa Bulletin for the 2013 fiscal year (FY2013).    Headlines include:  the employment-based third preference category cut-off date for most countries advanced significantly for a second month in a row, continued lack of movement for EB-2 India, and China EB-2 moves forward by six weeks.

Summary of the  June 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 eight weeks weeks to July 15, 2008.
  • EB-3 ROW and EB-3 Mexico move forward by ten months to September 1, 2008.  EB-3 Philippines moves forward by one week to September 22, 2006, EB-3 China moves forward by ten months to September 1, 2008, and EB-3 India  moves forward by two weeks to January 8, 2003.
  • The “other worker” category moves forward by ten months for ROW and Mexico to September 1, 2008, moves forward by one week to September 22, 2006 for Philippines, and moves forward by seven weeks to October 22, 2003 for China.  India moves forward by two weeks to January 8, 2003.

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

  • FB-1 ROW, China, and India all move forward by three weeks to April 22, 2006.   FB-1 Mexico moves forward by one week to August 15, 1993, and FB-1 Philippines moves forward by seven months to January 1, 2000.
  • FB-2A moves forward by two and half months to June 8, 2011 for ROW, China, India, and Philippines, and FB-2A Mexico moves forward by three months to June 8, 2011.
  • FB-2B ROW, China, and India all move forward by five weeks to July 8, 2005.  FB-2B Mexico moves forward by two and half months to June 15, 1993, and FB-2B Philippines moves forward by two months to November 1, 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 July 2013 Visa Bulletin when it becomes available.

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