July 2013 Visa Bulletin was released earlier today. Date for EB2 India is 01 SEP 04 and EB2 China is 08 AUG 08. The cut-off for all other EB2 countries are Current.
All expectations, and ofcourse predictions are crashed and burned .
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. But the positive note is the dates are expected to move next month. The Visa Bulletin prediction is here:
China: Up to two months
India: At this time it appears that the availability of “otherwise unused” Employment Second preference numbers will allow for movement of this cut-off date in August and/or September. It is expected that such movement will generate heavy new applicant demand, primarily by those who are upgrading their status from the Employment Third preference category. A sustained level of heavy demand could impact the cut-off date at some point during fiscal year 2014.
Also, the Fragomen website says, it can move to Feb 2008 in August or September Visa Bulletin.
The demand data for this month had been released earlier. The cumulative demand prior to Jan 1, 2005 rose to 475 from 450 from 425 from 375 and the cumulative demand prior to 1 Jan 2009 rose to 24,200 from 24,050 from 23,850 from 23,400.
July, August and September Visa Bulletins will be the last 3 for this Fiscal Year. I was hoping for the date to move in July. But, it did not happen. Looks like DOS is following a whole new strategy this year. May be moving dates just in August or may be moving dates in August and September. I am still hoping for dates to move till 01-APR-08. If they go by moving all the dates in one month strategy, then it will all move next month. If not, they can split the dates, say till 01-JAN-08 till August and rest in September. We are in new waters. We need to wait and watch.
Cut-off dates for EB3 India is 22 JAN 03 and EB3 China is 01 JAN 09. 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. Also, EB3 China is ahead of EB2 China dates. :)
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