May 2013 Visa Bulletin was released earlier today. Date for EB2 India is 01 SEP 04 and EB2 China is 15 MAY 08. The cut-off for EB2-ROW, EB2-Mexico and EB2-Philippines is Current.
As expected the EB2 India has not moved. The good news here is EB2 China dates are moving, which means till EB2 India reaches that date, it can consume all the spill over numbers that comes to EB2 category.
The demand data for this month has been released earlier and then another revised one. It is interesting to note that the cumulative demand prior to Jan 1, 2005 has raised to 425 from 375 from 300 and the cumulative demand prior to 1 Jan 2009 is 23,850 from 23,400 from 23,975. May be data errors/May be porting from EB2 to EB1. But, the porting is at constant pace as per this demand.
What will happen next ? Like mentioned in the earlier posts, USCIS/DOS has gone back to their earlier strategy -- where in they wait till last quarter of the FY to determine the number of visas to give for EB2 India and China, due to spill over. Given this, I expect lot of movement in July. Going by today's data, it might go to 1 Jan 2008. But it will depend on the spill over that EB2 India gets and the number of porting cases. I still expect the dates for EB2 to go to 1 Apr 2008 in Sept 2013 Visa Bulletin.
Cut-off dates for EB3 India is 22 DEC 02 and EB3 China is 01 DEC 07. As expected, EB3 India is moving at one week or two weeks per month pace. For EB3 India, it is going to move at this pace only till there is a legislative change. The reason being there is no spill over to EB3 India category. Hence only about 2800 green cards are given for this category every year.
Focus is currently on the 8 Senators trying to come up with Immigration Reform bill which is expected during next week.
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