May 2013 Visa Bulletin Rocks (for Some)
The May 2013 Visa Bulletin contains great news for a select group of persons who have been waiting in line for years to obtain green cards through their jobs. The worldwide EB-3 category jumps forward 5 months to December 1, 2007. What’s more is that EB-3 workers born in the PRC are no longer hampered by the 7% per-country quota. Unfortunately, EB-3 workers born in India are not so fortunate. Their category advances only 2 weeks. And the EB-3 category for Filipinos moves ahead only 1 week.
The worldwide EB-2 category remains current (no backlog), but while EB-2 PRC advances 6 weeks, EB-2 India moves not at all.
Hopefully, Congress will eliminate all per-country quotas for EB workers this year. After all, talent is talent!
The worldwide family-based preference categories move forward between 2 and 10 weeks except for the F4 sibling category which remains stuck in time at May 1, 2001. Family categories for the Philippines advance from 3 to 14 weeks while those for Mexico move ahead between 1 and 9 weeks.
The charts below tell the story in more detail.
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See the entire visa bulletin including information about the movement of the green card lottery numbers.