Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Visa Bulletin Prediction for 2013 by USCIS

USCIS released their prediction for visa bulletin in 2013. Please see details below:

VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS 

FAMILY-sponsored categories (monthly)

Worldwide dates:
F1: three or four weeks
F2A: four to six weeks
F2B: three to five weeks
F3: one or two weeks
F4:   one or two weeks

EMPLOYMENT-based categories (monthly)

Employment First: Current

Employment Second:
Worldwide: Current
China: five to eight weeks
India: no movement

Employment Third:
Worldwide: three to five weeks
China:  one to two months
India:  up to two weeks
Mexico: three to five weeks
Philippines:  one to three weeks

Employment Fourth:  Current

Employment Fifth:  Current*

*The following advisory is based strictly on the current demand situation.  Since demand patterns can (and sometimes do) change over time, this should be considered a worst case scenario at this point.

It appears likely that a cut-off date will need to be established for the China Employment Fifth preference category at some point during second half of fiscal year 2013.  Such action would be delayed as long as possible, since while number use may be excessive over a 1 to 5 month period, it could average out to an acceptable level over a longer (e.g., 4 to 9 month) period.  This would be the first time a cut-off date has been established in this category, which is why readers are being provided with the maximum amount of advance notice regarding the possibility.

The above projections for the Family and Employment categories are for what could happen during each of the next few months based on current applicant demand patterns.  The determination of the actual monthly cut-off dates is subject to fluctuations in applicant demand and a number of other variables which can change at any time.  Those categories with a “Current” projection will remain so for the foreseeable future, with the possible exception of the China Employment Fifth preference category mentioned above.

Please click here to see updated visa bulletin prediction for 2013: http://topimmigrationnews.blogspot.com/2013/01/updated-visa-bulletin-prediction-for.html