December 2013 Visa Bulletin Is Out: More Waiting for EB-2 India

The Visa Bulletin for December 2013 shows significant movements – both forward AND backward – in the employment-based (EB) category.

Priority dates for EB-3 and "Other Workers", including Mainland China and Mexico, advances to October 1, 2011 (one year).  However, this month's Visa Bulletin brings not so good news for some Indian nationals.  EB-2 India priority date RETROGRESSED back to November 15, 2004 (over 3.5 years).

The State Department notes:

D. RETROGRESSION OF EMPLOYMENT CUT-OFF DATES

The India Employment Second and Third preference category cut-off dates were advanced very rapidly at the end of fiscal year 2013.  Those movements were based strictly on the availability of thousands of "otherwise unused" numbers which could be made available without regard to the preference per-country annual limits. 

The movements have resulted in a dramatic increase in the level of applicant demand received in recent months.  This has required the retrogression of those cut-off dates for December in an effort to hold number use within the numerical limits.

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Visa Bulletin For December 2013
View as Printer Friendly PDF. A. STATUTORY NUMBERS. 1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during December. 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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