• March 2013 Visa Bulletin - EB-2 China Will Advance One Month, But Still No Movement for EB-2 India
  • February 13, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • According to the State Department’s March 2013 Visa Bulletin, the EB-2 category will advance by one month for China, to February 15, 2008, and will remain current for all other countries except India, which will remain at a cut-off date of September 1, 2004.

    The EB-3 professional and skilled worker subcategory will advance by nine weeks for China, to January 22, 2007, and six weeks for most other countries, to May 1, 2007. India and the Philippines will advance by one week each, to November 22, 2002 and September 1, 2006 respectively.

    The EB-3 subcategory for other workers will advance by one week for India, to November 22, 2002, and by six weeks for most other countries, to May 1, 2007. The Philippines will advance one week to September 1, 2006.

    March 2013 Priority Date Cut-Offs

    In March 2013, EB immigrant visa priority date cut-offs will be:

    EB-1
    Current for all countries.

    EB-2
    China: February 15, 2008
    India: September 1, 2004
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: January 22, 2007
    India: November 22, 2002
    Philippines: September 1, 2006
    All other countries: May 1, 2007

    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: July 1, 2003
    India: November 22, 2002
    Philippines: September 1, 2006
    All other countries: May 1, 2007

    EB-5
    Current for all countries and subcategories.

    Future Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Availability

    The March 2013 Visa Bulletin also contains the State Departments projections of future employment-based immigrant visa availability over the coming months.

    The State Department expects the EB-1 category to remain current for all countries. EB-2 China is projected to advance by four to six weeks. Because of continued high demand, EB-2 India is not expected to make any advancement in the near future, and could be further retrogressed if high demand persists. For all other countries, EB-2 is expected to remain current.

    In EB-3, the professional and skilled worker subcategory is projected to advance by three months for China, up to two weeks for India, one week for the Philippines and four to six weeks for all other countries.

    In a reversal of past projections, the State Department no longer anticipates a future need to set a cut-off date for EB-5 China because demand for these numbers has reportedly leveled off.