Jan. / Feb. 2013 Visa Bulletins

Feb. 2013 Visa Bulletin: EB advances for China but
stagnant for India

For February 2013, the Visa Bulletin published by the U.S. State
Department continues to be a tale of two countries for employment
immigration. While China continues to move forward in the employment
categories, India remains stagnant. 
Employment based second preference (advance degree holders) moves
forward by five weeks for China while India remains unchanged at September 1,
2004.  China’s employment based third
preference (bachelor’s degree and skilled workers) moves forward by seven weeks
while India’s EB3 category tiptoes forward by one week only.

For family-sponsored immigration, most first and second preference
categories continue to move forward while third and fourth preference
categories remain unchanged or move slowly. 
Significantly, family 2B advances five weeks for China, India and “Other
Countries”.   Family forth preference for the Philippines
also moves forward nicely by more than two months to June 1, 1989.  Please see the tables below for details:

Family 

Other Countries

CHINA

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

F1

15JAN06

15JAN06

15JAN06

15JUL93

08MAR98

F2A

22OCT10

22OCT10

22OCT10

08OCT10

22OCT10

F2B

15JAN05

15JAN05

15JAN05

15DEC92

15MAY02

F3

08JUL02

08JUL02

08JUL02

08MAR93

22AUG92

F4

15APR01

15APR01

15APR01

01AUG96

01JUN89

1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens
(about 23,000 per year).

2A: The 2 "A" preference is for
Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.

2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for
Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.

3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of
Citizens.(about 23,000 per year)

4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult
Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)

Employment

Other Countries

CHINA

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

C

15JAN08

01SEP04

C

C

3rd

15MAR07

15NOV06

15NOV02

15MAR07

22AUG06

Other Workers

15MAR07

01JUL03

15NOV02

15MAR07

22AUG06

4th

C

C

C

C

C

5th

C

C

C

C

C

1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability
aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding
prof./researchers)

2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced
Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.

3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other
Workers (Unskilled.)

4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious
& others)

5th: Employment Creation (Investors)



Jan. 2013 Visa Bulletin: Slow to Moderate
Advancements

The first month of 2013 does not bring us any unusual movements in the
visa bulletin.   Most family sponsored visa categories advance slowly
to moderately. For examples, Family 2A move forward by 4 weeks for most
countries.   The big winner is Family 1st
for the Philippines, which leap forward by10 weeks to December 22, 1997.

On the Employment side, EB-2 India continues to be stagnant with no
movement while EB-2 China moves forward by about 6 weeks.  Most EB-3 visa categories enjoy moderate
forward movements.  Please see the tables
below for details:

Family 

Other Countries

CHINA

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

F1

01DEC05

01DEC05

01DEC05

01JUL93

08OCT97

F2A

22AUG10

22AUG10

22AUG10

01AUG10

22AUG10

F2B

15NOV04

15NOV04

15NOV04

01NOV92

22MAR02

F3

08JUN02

08JUN02

08JUN02

01MAR93

01AUG92

F4

01APR01

01APR01

01APR01

22JUL96

22MAR89

1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens
(about 23,000 per year).

2A: The 2 "A" preference is for
Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.

2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for
Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.

3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of
Citizens.(about 23,000 per year)

4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult
Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)

Employment

Other Countries

CHINA

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

C

22OCT07

01SEP04

C

C

3rd

22DEC06

01JUL06

01NOV02

22DEC06

15AUG06

Other Workers

22DEC06

01JUL03

01NOV02

22DEC06

15AUG06

4th

C

C

C

C

C

5th

C

C

C

C

C

1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability
aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding
prof./researchers)

2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced
Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.

3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other
Workers (Unskilled.)

4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious
& others)

5th: Employment Creation (Investors)

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