July 2013 Visa Bulletin Is Out

 • EB-3 cut-off dates advance across the board — ranging from 1 week to 4 months (including CHINA – mainland born).

 • EB-2 for mainland China also moved forward by 3 weeks, while still no movement for EB-2 India — stuck at September 1, 2004. However, potential movement may come in the next coming months. Please see excerpts below from the State Department's website:


EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential monthly movement)

Employment First: Current

Employment Second:

 • Worldwide: Current

 • China: Up to two months

 • India: At this time it appears that the availability of “otherwise unused” Employment Second preference numbers will allow for movement of this cut-off date in August and/or September. It is expected that such movement will generate heavy new applicant demand, primarily by those who are upgrading their status from the Employment Third preference category.  A sustained level of heavy demand could impact the cut-off date at some point during fiscal year 2014.

Employment Third:

 • Worldwide: No additional movement. This cut-off date has advanced 18 months during the past three months. Such rapid movement can be expected to generate a significant amount of new demand, with the impact not being felt for three to five months. Therefore, the cut-off date will be held until it can be determined what level of demand is to be expected, and whether it is likely to be sustained.

 • China: No additional movement

 • India: Up to three weeks

 • Mexico: No additional movement

 • Philippines: Up to two weeks

Employment Fourth: Current

Employment Fifth: Current

The above projections for the Family and Employment categories are for what is likely to happen during each of the next few months based on current applicant demand patterns.  Readers should never assume that recent trends in cut-off date movements are guaranteed for the future, or that “corrective” action will not be required at some point in an effort to maintain number use within the applicable annual limits.  The determination of the actual monthly cut-off dates is subject to fluctuations in applicant demand and a number of other variables.  Unless indicated, those categories with a “Current” projection will remain so for the foreseeable future.


Visa Bulletin For July 2013
View as Printer Friendly PDF. A. STATUTORY NUMBERS. 1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during July. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and …

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