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by Carl Shusterman

June 2013 Visa Bulletin

The Visa Bulletin for June 2013 contains great news for those waiting in line under the worldwide employment-based third category (professionals, skilled and unskilled workers). 

After advancing 5 months in May, worldwide EB-3 jumps forward 10 more months to September 1, 2008. In contrast, the India EB-3 priority date advances only 2 weeks. The EB-3 category for the Philippines moves ahead only 1 week. The worldwide EB-2 category remains current (no backlog), but while EB-2 PRC advances 8 weeks, EB-2 India does not move at all.

The Senate CIR bill would eliminate all per-country EB quotas. 

Write your Senators and Representatives now, and ask them to support this important modification to our broken immigration system!

The worldwide family-based preference 2A category moves forward almost 4 months while the F4 sibling category which remains at May 1, 2001. Other worldwide family-based categories advance between 3 and 7 weeks. Family categories for the Philippines advance somewhat faster especially the F1 category which sprints ahead 7 months. Family-based waiting times for Mexico barely advance at all. The charts below tell the story in more detail:  

FAMILY CATEGORIES

 
Categories Worldwide China (PRC) Mexico Philippines
1st 4-22-06 4-22-06 8-15-93 1-1-00
2A 6-8-11 6-8-11 5-8-11 6-8-11
2B 7-8-05 7-8-05 6-15-93 11-1-02
3rd 9-1-02 9-2-02 4-1-93 11-15-92
4th 5-1-01 5-1-01 9-15-96 11-8-89
   

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORIES

 
Categories Worldwide China (PRC) India Mexico Philippines
1st Current Current Current Current Current
2nd Current 7-15-08 9-1-04 Current Current
3rd 9-1-08 9-1-08 1-8-02 9-1-08 9-22-06
Unskilled 9-1-08 10-22-03 1-8-02 9-1-08 9-22-06
4th Current Current Current Current Current
Religious Current Current Current Current Current
5th Current Current Current Current Current

 

See the entire visa bulletin including information about the movement of the green card lottery numbers.


About The Author

http://shusterman.com/images/carl.jpg Carl Shusterman is a certified Specialist in Immigration Law, State Bar of California. He was a former U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service Attorney and worked for the Board of Governors, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


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