The DOS has issued its Visa Bulletin for August 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 August 2013 Visa Bulletin showed that the Second Preference (“EB-2”) for China has reached August 8, 2008, and India has reached January 1, 2008. The EB-2 cutoff date for the rest of the world remains current. In the August 2013 Visa Bulletin, the cutoff dates for the Employment-Based Third Preference (“EB-3”) category are as follows: January 1, 2009, for all chargeability, including Mexico and China. The EB-3 cutoff date for India is January 22, 2003, and for the Philippines is October 22, 2006. The DOS’s monthly Visa Bulletin is available at