Current Availability

The U.S. Department of State ("DOS") recently released its May 2013 Visa Bulletin which shows the availability of employment-based immigrant visa categories for the month of May. This month's Visa Bulletin features the following highlights:

  • The EB-2 China category continues to advance steadily advancing one month to May 15, 2008.
  • Due to continued high demand, the EB-2 India category has completely stalled at September 1, 2004 and there has been no movement since October 2012 when the new fiscal year's annual quota opened.
  • The EB-3 India category has advanced slightly from November 22, 2002 to December 22, 2002.
  • The EB-3 World category has also shown significant advancement to December 1, 2007.

Forecasted Availability to June 2013

The DOS has also forecasted future immigrant visa availability through June 2013. The following is a quick summary:

  • EB-2 India category will show no advancement and this category will most likely have to be retrogressed to contain the high demand.
  • EB-1 category and EB-2 World, Mexico and Philippines category will remain current.
  • EB-2 China category will continue to advance three to six weeks at a time.
  • EB-3 category will advance per the following: World – four to six weeks; China – two to three months; India – two weeks; Mexico – four to six weeks; and Philippines – one week.
  • EB-5 China category will remain current and will not have to be cut off as the DOS had previously stated in its December 2012 Visa Bulletin.

Comparison to Prior Months

The following is a comparison of priority date movement since the inception of the current retrogression in 2007:

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Additional information about the movement of the employment-based immigrant visa priority dates will be contained in our firm's future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.