For May 2013 Visa Bulletin, please click here: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/04/visa-bulletin-may-2013.html
EB1: All EB1 categories continues to remain current. Though EB1 China and EB1 India have already used up their annual quota (and currently using visas from EB1 ROW), this category should continue to remain current this fiscal year.
EB5: This category is current. Though usage of EB5 worldwide is 75% higher than last year - we are expecting EB5 to remain current this fiscal year. There was a possibility of EB5 China retrogressing due increase in demand from Oct to Dec 2012. However since the demand has decreased, it can use the spillover from EB5 ROW and hence there wont be any retrogression for EB5 China.
EB4: This category continues to remain current.
EB2 ROW: This category continues to remain current. Charles Oppenheim from Visa Office had earlier mentioned of a possible EB2ROW retrogression if demand is high. Due to expected EB/FB spillovers in next few visa bulletins, we do not expect this category to retrogress.
EB2 India: As per Charles Oppenheims predictions, there was (again) no movement in this category. You can read this article on why EB2 India is not moving forward since May 2012. However there is a possibility of EB2 India FINALLY moving forward in the next visa bulletin.
EB2 China: As expected EB2 China moved forward by 6 weeks this month. Since EB2 China has already reached 2008, most of the EB/FB spillover from EB1, EB4 and EB5 should go to EB2 India in the last quarter.
EB3 ROW: EB3 ROW got the second biggest boost and moved by five months. This big move was made to fill the pipeline - thus allowing USCIS/DOS to exactly know how many cases are present. This will help them avoid wasting visa.
EB3 China: The biggest movement was in EB3 China and it received nearly 7.5 months forward movement. Due to low demand in this category, EB3 China and EB3 ROW now have the same dates.
If this continues, EB3 China may move ahead of EB2 China. Currently there is only 5.5 months difference between EB2 China and EB3 China.
EB3 Mexico: Due to low demand, EB3 Mexico also moved forward by five months. Dates should continue to remain same as EB3 ROW.
EB3 India: Due to huge demand and as Charles Oppenheims predicted EB2 India moved by two weeks forward. On a positive side, it is continuing to slowly move forward every month (unlike EB2 India). One of the reason of forward movement could be people who are porting to EB2 India - thus freeing up visas for others applicants in this category.
EB3 Philippines: This category got the smallest forward movement of just one week. Due to huge pending inventory and according to Charles Oppenheim prediction, it may continue to move forward slowly.However, it may jump by 2-3 weeks when the FB spillover is applied.
Tip: If you don't know, Charles Oppenheim creates and publishes the monthly
visa bulletin. He works at Department of State (DOS) and is the Chief of
"Visa Control and Reporting Division".
All family categories continue to move forward except F4 ROW, F4 China and F4 India. These three categories did not move at all this month.
All of the Philippines category (F1 to F4) saw a jump of around 3 months.
The smallest forward movement was in F1 and F4 Mexico which moved by only one week.
The biggest forward movement was in F1 Philippines which moved by 3.5 months. Did you know F1 Philippines moved about 17 months forward in just the last 4 visa bulletins (Jan to May 2013 VB)?
However the current record for the most forward movement is EB2 India. It moved 39 months in just one VB (June 2007 to July 2007). As you may have guessed, EB2 India also moved the most backward by 32 months in just one VB (April 2013 to May 2013).
Did you know: Every year move than 1 million visas are allotted. Family based categories get 66% - whereas employment based categories get only 14%. Learn more fun statistics here.
May 2013 Demand Data (with updated analysis): http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/04/demand-data-for-may-2013-visa-bulletin.html
April 2013 Visa Bulletin: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/03/visa-bulletin-april-2013.html
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