Current Availability

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

  • The EB-2 China category continues to advance steadily advancing one month to June 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 which was progressing in one-month increments has only advanced two weeks to January 8, 2003.
  • The EB-3 World category has also shown significant advancement of ten months from December 1, 2007 to September 1, 2008.

Forecasted Availability to June 2013

The DOS has indicated the following visa availability:

  • 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 has advanced significantly which is indicative that it will most likely stall or retrogress as more individuals file and obtain permanent residence.

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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