• May 2013 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 Will Advance Significantly for Most Countries
  • April 12, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • According to the State Department’s May Visa Bulletin, the EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will advance by more than seven months for China and five months for most other countries, to December 1, 2007. EB-3 India will advance a modest two weeks, however, to December 22, 2002. In the EB-2 category, priority date cut-offs for China will advance six weeks, to May 15, 2008, and will remain unchanged for India, at September 1, 2004.

    The State Department is advancing EB-3 priority dates in order to generate demand and ensure that the annual quota of EB-3 immigrant visas is fully used this fiscal year. Advancement of priority dates could slow or stop if demand for the EB-3 category increases.

    May 2013 Priority Date Cut-Offs

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

    EB-1

    Current for all countries.

    EB-2

    China: May 15, 2008
    India: September 1, 2004
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

    China: December 1, 2007
    India: December 22, 2002
    Philippines: September 15, 2006
    All other countries: December 1, 2007

    EB-3 Other Workers

    China: September 1, 2003
    India: December 22, 2002
    Philippines: September 15, 2006
    All other countries: December 1, 2007

    EB-5

    Current for all countries and subcategories.