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Visa Bulletin Jumps in September 2013

The month of August was a great time for those who applied in the Family-based 2A category (spouses and children of legal permanent residents) as we have previously discussed here. It looks like USCIS has continued pushing visa applications along and have made more categories current.

For September, the F2A categories remains current, meaning those who have already filed applications years ago and those filing applications today can find a visa available. The other family categories, unfortunately, have not made such great advancements. The chart below illustrates a comparison of the August and September Family-based visa bulletins:

AUGUST 2013 (DD-M-YY)

Family-Sponsored Worldwide CHINA- mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1

1-Sep-06

1-Sep-06

1-Sep-06

1-Sep-93

1-Jan-01

F2A

C

C

C

C

C

F2B

1-Dec-05

1-Dec-05

1-Dec-05

1-Feb-94

22-Dec-02

F3

8-Dec-02

8-Dec-02

8-Dec-02

1-May-93

1-Dec-92

F4

22-Jun-01

22-Jun-01

22-Jun-01

22-Sep-96

8-Jan-90

SEPTEMBER 2013(DD-M-YY)

Family-Sponsored Worldwide CHINA- mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1

15-Sep-06

15-Sep-06

15-Sep-06

8-Sep-93

8-May-01

F2A

C

C

C

C

C

F2B

15-Feb-06

15-Feb-06

15-Feb-06

22-Feb-94

22-Jan-03

F3

22-Jan-03

22-Jan-03

22-Jan-03

15-May-93

22-Dec-92

F4

22-Jul-01

22-Jul-01

22-Jul-01

8-Oct-96

15-Feb-90

The employment based categories, however, have made much larger strides. The EB-3 category for professionals, skilled workers, and unskilled workers jumped ahead by 1.5 years for most countries. This makes applications for an EB-3 visa filed before July 10, 2010 available for those applicants. Unfortunately, applicants from the Philippines only saw a 2 month jump to December 1, 2006.

However, India did see a dramatic increase in the EB-3 category. Applicants from India only saw an eight month jump to September 22, 2003. Applicants from India also saw a jump in the EB-2 category, jumping ahead by 5 months to June 15, 2008.

If you have any questions about what these jumps in visa availability mean for you, or if you have any other immigration related questions, contact our office today.

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