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Visa Bulletin November 2013

The November 2013 Visa Bulletin has been released by the U.S. State Department. Many of the categories have little to no movement such as Employment Based (EB-2 and EB-3) categories for India and the Family Based (FB) Second Preference A category.

November 2013 Visa Bulletin – Family Based:

  • FB-1: China, India, and the ROW move ahead three weeks to October 22, 2006. Mexico remains the same at September 22, 1993. The Philippines advances one months to July 1, 2001.
  • FB-2A: China, India, Mexico, Philippines, and the ROW remain the same. The date stays at September 8, 2013.
  • FB-2B: China, India, and the ROW advance three weeks to March 22, 2006. Mexico moves ahead three weeks to April 1, 1994. The Philippines moves three weeks forward to March 1, 2003.

November 2013 Visa Bulletin – Employment Based:

  • EB-1: Still current for all countries.
  • EB-2: Mexico, the Philippines, and the ROW are current. China moves ahead three weeks to October 8, 2008. India remains at June 15, 2008.
  • EB-3: China, Mexico, and the ROW all advance three weeks to October 1, 2010. The Philippines hasn’t changed and stays at December 15, 2006. India remains at September 22, 2003.
  • “Other” Worker: Mexico and the ROW move ahead three months to October 1, 2010. China advances one week to October 1, 2010. The Philippines and India have not changed. The Philippines stays at December 15, 2006 and India remains at September 22, 2003.

November 2013 Visa Bulletin Summary:

Not many categories have changed, however, the cutoff dates have slowly been moving forward which is always better than a regression. Employment-Based categories for India have not changed, but this was expected due to the increased amount of applicants resulting from the advancement of the cutoff date in the Summer of 2013.

The Family-Based second preference category keeps the prior date as stated in the October 2013 Visa Bulletin. This date remains the same due to an elevated number of filings seen by the USCIS and the Department of State.

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