The Department of State released the July 2013 visa bulletin today. Our usual commentary to follow soon. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, some pertinent information about movement of priority dates from the bulletin copied below:
D. VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS (August – October)
FAMILY-sponsored categories (potential monthly movement)
F1: Up to five weeks
F2A: Could become “Current” at some point during the coming months.
F2B: Four to seven weeks
F3: Three to five weeks
F4: Three to five weeks
EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential monthly movement)
Employment First: Current
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.|
|Worldwide:||No additional movement. This cut-off date has advanced 18 months during the past three months. Such rapid movement can be expected to generate a significant amount of new demand, with the impact not being felt for three to five months. Therefore, the cut-off date will be held until it can be determined what level of demand is to be expected, and whether it is likely to be sustained.|
China: No additional movement
India: Up to three weeks
Mexico: No additional movement
Philippines: Up to two weeks
Employment Fourth: Current
Employment Fifth: Current
The above projections for the Family and Employment categories are for what is likely to happen during each of the next few months based on current applicant demand patterns. Readers should never assume that recent trends in cut-off date movements are guaranteed for the future, or that “corrective” action will not be required at some point in an effort to maintain number use within the applicable annual limits. The determination of the actual monthly cut-off dates is subject to fluctuations in applicant demand and a number of other variables. Unless indicated, those categories with a “Current” projection will remain so for the foreseeable future.