The DOS has issued its Visa Bulletin for May 2013. This bulletin determines who can apply for U.S. permanent residence and when. The cutoff dates for family-based immigration continue to show backlogs and regressions due to the heavy demand for these visas. On the employment-based side, the May 2013 Visa Bulletin showed that the Second Preference ("EB-2") category for China advanced to May 15, 2008, but India remained at September 1, 2004. The EB-2 cutoff date for the rest of the world remained current. In the May 2013 Visa Bulletin, the cutoff dates for the Employment-Based Third Preference ("EB-3") category are as follows: December 1, 2007, for all chargeability, including Mexico; December 1, 2007, for China; December 22, 2002, for India; and September 15, 2006, for the Philippines. The DOS's monthly Visa Bulletin is available at