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The US Department of State has issued the November 2012 Visa Bulletin. The DOS Visa Bulletin lists
visa availability to inform foreign nationals of when they can file an immigrant visa application or application for adjustment of status to obtain a green card as a US permanent resident based upon an immigrant visa petition filed by them or on their behalf. The dates listed are the priority dates for immigrant petitions. A visa is available if your priority date or an earlier date is listed for your category and country of chargeability.
The November 2012 Visa Bulletin becomes effective on November 1, 2012. Until then the October 2012 Visa Bulletin remains in effect.
FAMILY BASED IMMIGRATION CATEGORIES
Immediate Relatives: Spouses, Parents, and Unmarried Children Under 21 of US Citizens: Immediate Relative petitions do not have a limit on visa avilability. They are not listed on the Visa Bulletin because there is no wait for a visa to become available for Immediate Relative petitions.
First Preference (F1) Umarried Sons and Daughters of US Citizens: Visa availability for the Philippines again jumped forward this month from April 1, 1996 to July 1, 1997. This almost brings visa availability back to where it was before retrogression in August. Availability for Mexico moved from June 15, 1993 to June 22, 1993. Availability for everyone else moved from October 8, 2005 to November 1, 2005.
Second Preference (F2A) Spouses and Unmarried Children Under 21 of US Permanent Residents: Visa availability for Mexico moved from May 15, 2010 to June 22, 2010. Availability for all other countries moved forward from June 1, 2010 to July 15, 2010.
Second Preference (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters Over 21 of US Permanent Residents: Visa availability for the Philippines moved from Jan 22, 2002 to February 15, 2002. Availability for Mexico moved from October 1, 1992 to October 15, 1992. Availability for all other countries moved from September 15, 2004 to October 8, 2004.
Third Preference (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of US Citizens: Visa availability for the Philippines still has not moved since February and still remains at July 22, 1992. Availability for Mexico moved from February 8, 1993 to February 15, 1993. Availability for all other countries moved from May 22, 2002 to June 1, 2002.
Fourth Preference (F4) Siblings of US Citzens: Visa availability for the Philippines moved this month from February 8, 1989 to March 1, 1989. Availability for Mexico moved from June 22, 1996 to July 8, 1996. Availability for China-mainland moved from February 15, 2001 to March 15, 2001. Availability for all other countries moved from March 15, 2001 to March 22, 2001.
EMPLOYMENT BASED IMMIGRATION CATEGORIES
First Preference (EB-1) Extraordinary Ability, Intracompany Transferee, or Outstanding Professor or Researcher: Visa availability remains current for all countries.
Second Preference (EB-2) Advance Degree Professional, Exceptional Ability, or National Interest Waiver: Visas availability for India has not moved this month and remains at September 1, 2004. Availability for China has moved from July 15, 2007 to September 1, 2007. I think this is a good sign for future movement for China, since the DOS has moved priority dates past the date of the August 2007 retrogression sometimes referred to as “Visagate.” Visa availability for all other countries is current.
Third Preference (EB-3) Professional or Skilled Worker: Visa availability for the Philippines has moved from August 1, 2006 to August 8, 2006. Availability for India has moved from October 15, 2002 to October 22, 2002. Availability for China-mainland moved from February 8, 2006 to April 15, 2006. Availability for all other countries has moved from October 22, 2006 to November 22, 2006.
Third Preference (Other Workers) Unskilled Worker: Visa availability for the Philippines has moved from August 1, 2006 to August 8, 2006. Availability for India has moved from October 15, 2002 to October 22, 2002. Availability for China-mainland moved from June 22, 2003 to July 1, 2003. Availability for all other countries has moved from October 22, 2006 to November 22, 2006.
Fourth Preference (EB-4) Certain Special Immigrants: Visa availability remains current for all countries.
Fourth Preference (Certain Religious Workers): Congress has extended the non-minister special immigrant program so visa availability for this category is once again current for all countries.
Fifth Preference (EB-5) Investors: Visa availability remains current for all countries.
Fifth Preference Pilot Program: Congress has extended the EB-5 Pilot Program so visa availability is once again current for all countries.
DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY
The DV-2013 visas are available as follows:
All other Africa: 13,900
N.A. Bahamas: 2
S.A. and Caribbean: 500
Click here to see the November 2012 Visa Bulletin.
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