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DECEMBER VISA BULLETIN

The visa bulletin for December of this year has been released. This month’s visa bulletin has seen both modest and significant movement forward, as well as some unfortunate retrogression for certain visa seekers from India.

In the family categories, the biggest advancements were only by a measure of approximately two months. The FB-4 category for people from the Philippines, the FB-2B category for people from India, and the FB-2B from the “All Chargeability Areas” category (excluding mainland China, India, Mexico, and the Philippines) all moved forward by approximately two months. However, the other family based categories only experienced movement by a few days or a month, and in some instances there was no movement at all.

There was much more movement in the employment based categories, with some categories jumping ahead by a year. All of the categories that were Current (“C”) last month remained Current. The categories that experienced the most movement were the EB-3 and “Other Workers” categories for people from Mexico, China, and the “All Chargeability Areas” (excluding Mainland China, India, Mexico, and the Philippines). Each of these categories experienced a jump by a year. Unfortunately for people from India, the EB-2 category retrogressed by almost 4 years backwards. This is in part due to the high demand from the rapid advancements in this category in recent months, thus creating a backlog. The EB-2 category for people from India may not experience further advancements until May 2014.

FAMILY BASED CATEGORIES – DECEMBER 2013

Family-Sponsored All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA- mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 15NOV06 15NOV06 15NOV06 22SEP93 01JUL01
F2A 08SEP13 08SEP13 08SEP13 01SEP13 08SEP13
F2B 01MAY06 01MAY06 01MAY06 01APR94 22MAR03
F3 08MAR03 08MAR03 08MAR03 01JUN93 22JAN93
F4 08SEP01 08SEP01 08SEP01 22OCT96 01JUN90

*NOTE: For December, F2A numbersEXEMPTfromper-countrylimitare available to applicants from all countries with priority datesearlierthan 01SEP13. F2A numbersSUBJECTtoper-countrylimitare available to applicants chargeable to all countriesEXCEPTMEXICOwith priority dates beginning 01SEP13 and earlier than 08SEP13. (All F2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit; there are no F2A numbers for MEXICO subject to per-country limit.)

FAMILY BASED CATEGORIES – NOVEMBER 2013

Family-Sponsored All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA- mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 22OCT06 22OCT06 22OCT06 22SEP93 01JUL01
F2A 08SEP13 08SEP13 08SEP13 01SEP13 08SEP13
F2B 22MAR06 22MAR06 22MAR06 01APR94 01MAR03
F3 08FEB03 08FEB03 08FEB03 01JUN93 08JAN93
F4 22AUG01 22AUG01 22AUG01 22OCT96 22APR90

*NOTE: For November, F2A numbersEXEMPTfromper-countrylimitare available to applicants from all countries with priority datesearlierthan 01SEP13. F2A numbersSUBJECTtoper-countrylimitare available to applicants chargeable to all countriesEXCEPTMEXICOwith priority dates beginning 01SEP13 and earlier than 08SEP13. (All F2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit; there are no F2A numbers for MEXICO subject to per-country limit.)

EMPLOYMENT BASED CATEGORIES – DECEMBER 2013

Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA- mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

C

08NOV08 15NOV04

C

C

3rd

01OCT11

01OCT11

01SEP03

01OCT11

08JAN07

Other Workers

01OCT11

01OCT11

01SEP03

01OCT11

08JAN07

4th

C

C

C

C

C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

C

C

C

5th
Targeted
EmploymentAreas/
Regional Centers and Pilot Programs

C

C

C

C

C

*Employment Third Preference Other Workers Category: Section 203(e) of the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997, as amended by Section 1(e) of Pub. L. 105-139, provides that once the Employment Third Preference Other Worker (EW) cut-off date has reached the priority date of the latest EW petition approved prior to November 19, 1997, the 10,000 EW numbers available for a fiscal year are to be reduced by up to 5,000 annually beginning in the following fiscal year. This reduction is to be made for as long as necessary to offset adjustments under the NACARA program. Since the EW cut-off date reached November 19, 1997 during Fiscal Year 2001, the reduction in the EW annual limit to 5,000 began in Fiscal Year 2002.

EMPLOYMENT BASED CATEGORIES – NOVEMBER 2013

Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA- mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

C

08OCT08 15JUN08

C

C

3rd

01OCT10

01OCT10

22SEP03

01OCT10

15DEC06

Other Workers

01OCT10

01OCT10

22SEP03

01OCT10

15DEC06

4th

C

C

C

C

C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

C

C

C

5th
Targeted
EmploymentAreas/
Regional Centers and Pilot Programs

C

C

C

C

C

*Employment Third Preference Other Workers Category: Section 203(e) of the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997, as amended by Section 1(e) of Pub. L. 105-139, provides that once the Employment Third Preference Other Worker (EW) cut-off date has reached the priority date of the latest EW petition approved prior to November 19, 1997, the 10,000 EW numbers available for a fiscal year are to be reduced by up to 5,000 annually beginning in the following fiscal year. This reduction is to be made for as long as necessary to offset adjustments under the NACARA program. Since the EW cut-off date reached November 19, 1997 during Fiscal Year 2001, the reduction in the EW annual limit to 5,000 began in Fiscal Year 2002.

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