DOS Releases March 2013 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its March 2013 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets forth per country priority dates that regulate the ability of an individual to file an adjustment of status application or consular process at a U.S. Embassy.  Foreign nationals can file the adjustment application if their priority dates are prior to the cutoff dates specified by the DOS in the Visa Bulletin.

For family-based categories in February:

 

Family-Sponsored

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

CHINA- mainland born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

F1

15FEB06

15FEB06

15FEB06

22JUL93

15OCT98

F2A

22NOV10

22NOV10

22NOV10

15NOV10

22NOV10

F2B

01MAR05

01MAR05

01MAR05

15JAN93

08JUN02

F3

15JUL02

15JUL02

15JUL02

15MAR93

15SEP92

F4

22APR01

22APR01

22APR01

15AUG96

15JUL89

 

For employment-based categories in February:

 

Employment- Based

All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed

CHINA- mainland born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

C

15FEB08

01SEP04

C

C

3rd

01MAY07

22JAN07

22NOV02

01MAY07

01SEP06

Other Workers

01MAY07

01JUL03

22NOV02

01MAY07

01SEP06

4th

C

C

C

C

C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

C

C

C

 

 

The Employment-Based Category Two (EB-2) India is still backlogged to 2004, and unfortunately there was no movement from the February 2013 Visa Bulletin.  That means there is only a two-year difference between the EB-2 and EB-3 categories for Indian nationals.

It is unlikely that we’ll see significant movement in the EB-2 category for Chinese and Indian nationals in 2013 absent changes in the law.  We will monitor the situation closely and provide updates on www.bashyamspiro.com.

Visa availability and cutoff dates are determined on a monthly basis by DOS based on anticipated demand. These dates can move forward, backward or remain unchanged. Employers and employees should monitor the monthly Visa Bulletins so they can properly plan their immigration cases.

For more information, or if you have any questions regarding the Visa Bulletin, please feel free to contact us.