June 2013 Visa Bulletin17 May 2013
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin for June 2013 is now available. The contents of the employment-based (EB) categories in the June 2013 Visa Bulletin are set forth below for the benefit of MurthyDotCom readers.
Visa Bulletin Summary
Employment-Based, First Preference (EB1)
This category remains current for all countries of chargeability.
Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB2)
As has been the case for all of fiscal year 2013 (FY13), the EB2 category is current for all countries of chargeability, except India and China. India’s EB2 cutoff date has not changed during FY13, and continues to be September 1, 2004. China’s cutoff date advances by two months to July 15, 2008.
Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3)
The cutoff dates in EB3 for all chargeability areas except those listed, as well as for China and Mexico, advance significantly to September 1, 2008. The cutoff date for the Philippines moves to September 22, 2006. The cutoff date for India advances yet again, to a new cutoff date of January 8, 2003.
Other Workers Category
The EB3 other workers’ cutoff dates match the general EB3 cutoff dates, with the exception of China. The EB3 other workers’ category cutoff date for China moves to October 22, 2003.
Employment-Based, Fourth (EB4) and Fifth (EB5) Preferences
These categories remain current for all countries of chargeability.
Conclusion and Predictions
The June 2013 Visa Bulletin contains an explanation for the rapid advancement in the EB category. Similar to the explanation provided in the May 2013 Visa Bulletin, the DOS explains that the EB3 movement is not indicative of what to expect in the future. The advancement is intended to generate sufficient demand in the EB3 category. Once that has been accomplished, the cutoff date movement will cease. We at the Murthy Law Firm will continue to share valuable information on visa bulletin updates with MurthyDotCom readers as information becomes available.
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