EB-2 and EB-3 Priority dates will slightly advance according to State Department’s Visa Bulletin for May

(Newsletter Vol. XXIII, no. 06, April 24, 2013, Issue No. 2 )

April 11, 2013, the U.S. State Department released the upcoming visa bulletin for the month of May. According to the May Visa Bulletin, the priority date cut-offs for Employment-Based Third Preference (EB-3) sub-category for professionals and skilled workers will move by more than seven months for China-mainland born and more than four months for most other countries. However, for India it will move slightly by two weeks, to December 22, 2002. The priority date cut-off for EB-2 sub-category for professionals holding advanced degrees or with exceptional ability will move by two weeks for China, to May 15, 2008, and will remain unchanged for India, September 1, 2004. These allocations were made, to the extent possible, in chronological order of reported priority dates, for demand received by April 9th.

Visa Bulletin for May 2013

Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA- mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C
2nd C 15MAY08 01SEP04 C C
3rd 01DEC07 01DEC07 22DEC02 01DEC07 15SEP06
Other Workers 01DEC07 01SEP03 22DEC02 01DEC07 15SEP06
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
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