The U.S. State Department has just released the August 2013 Visa Bulletin which is the eleventh Visa Bulletin for the FY2013 fiscal year. The major headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the significant forward movement in EB-2 India, FB-2A being current for every country and the lack of movement for EB-3.
Summary of the August 2013 Visa Bulletin – Employment-Based (EB)
Below is a summary of the August 2013 Visa Bulletin with respect to employment-based petitions:
- EB-1 remains current across the board.
- EB-2 for ROW, Mexico and Philippines are all current. EB-2 India moves forward (finally!) by three years and four months to January 1, 2008. EB-2 China remains unchanged at August 8, 2008.
- EB-3 ROW, China and Mexico remain unchanged at January 1, 2009. EB-3 Philippines moves forward by three (3) weeks to October 22, 2006, while EB-3 India remains unchanged at January 22, 2003.
- The “other worker” category remains unchanged for ROW and Mexico at January 1, 2009. It moves forward by three (3) weeks to October 22, 2006 for Philippines and remains unchanged at March 22, 2004 for China and it also remains unchanged at January 22, 2003 for India.
Summary of the August 2013 Visa Bulletin – Family-Based (FB)
Below is a summary of the August 2013 Visa Bulletin with respect to family-based petitions:
- FB-1 continues to move forward. FB-1 ROW, China and India all move forward by three (3) months to September 1, 2006. FB-1 Mexico moves forward by only one (1) week to September 1, 1993 and FB-1 Philippines moves forward by six (6) months to January 1, 2001.
- FB-2A is current for everyone.
- FB-2B ROW, China and India all move forward by one (1) month to December 1, 2005. FB-2B Mexico moves forward by three (4) months to February 1, 1994 while FB-2B Philippines remains unchanged at December 22, 2002.
EB-2 India Finally Moves Forward – Significantly
Another very significant development brought by the August 2013 Visa Bulletin is making FB-2A current for all countries. The Department of State has indicated that this category has become “Current” for August, and is expected to remain so for the next several months. The reason is that the Department of State wants to stimulate an increased level of “demand” (filings) in this category. The Department of State reports that even though there are large amounts of registered F2A demand, currently there are not enough applicants (NVC fees paid and I-485 adjustment of status cases filed) who are actively pursuing final action on their case to fully utilize all of the available numbers.
No Movement in EB-3 and EB-2 China
Our office stands ready to assist in the applicable process to take advantage of this significant movement in the cutoff dates across many of the categories, specifically in EB-2 India and FB-2A all countries. Those applicants whose priority dates are current as of the August 2013 Visa Bulletin may be eligible to process their (and their family members’) I-485 Adjustment of Status applications from within the U.S. or process their immigrant visa at a U.S. Consulate abroad. Please do not hesitate to contact us if our office can help you take advantage of this significant forward movement in the cutoff dates. We are also happy to provide a free quote for preparing and filing your I-485 application.
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