DOS Releases October 2013 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its October 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.

The Employment-Based Category Two (EB-2) for India and China is still backlogged to 2008.  In addition, there was very little movement from the September Visa Bulletin.  If your priority date is ‘current’ in October, go ahead and get your I-485 adjustment of status cases ready for filing.

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.  We will monitor the situation closely and provide updates on www.bashyamspiro.com.