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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration

VISA BULLETIN PROJECTIONS FOR OCTOBER 2012

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The Department of State manages the Visa Bulletin program, which is the system for the allocation of immigrant visas (green cards). The system was designed by Congress to allocate visas according to a preference system based on the applicant's country of birth and their visa category (e.g. EB-1, EB-2, EB-3). New immigrant visas are allocated at the beginning of the US fiscal year, which is October 1, 2012. The EB-2 and EB-3 visa categories are used by many healthcare occupations including: registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists.


AILA has met with the Department of State to obtain the projections for the upcoming 2013 fiscal year (October 1, 2012 - September 30, 2013). Several important notes came out of the meeting.


EB-1 usage is increasing. This indirectly impacts the EB-2 and EB-3 categories because unused EB-1 numbers are allocated to EB-2 and EB-3. Increasing EB-1 usage means fewer numbers to trickle down into the lower EB categories.


EB-2 India will be 2006. This is bad news for Indian natives who had hoped to see numbers similar to the favorable numbers that were posted in early 2012. The DOS expects slow movement in this category. China EB-2 will be retrogressed, although not as badly as India.


EB-2 Worldwide (Other) should be current. Other EB-2 countries should be current for most of the year, although it will retrogress Summer 2013, as it does in most summers. Readers should not be alarmed in the October 2012 Visa Bulletin EB-2 number is not Current; it will be current in November 2012. The DOS may do this to slow the applications in October 2012. The visa number demand is greatest every October. By slowing the application flow in October, it allows the DOS and USCIS to efficiently allocate adjudicating officers' time.


EB-3 Numbers. EB-3 Numbers will move at about the same pace as they did in 2012.



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  1. preet gill's Avatar
    my pd is 21 june2010,please answer me when i got my visa.
  2. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    What is your country of birth and what category are you (Eb2? Eb3?)?
  3. preet gill's Avatar
    my birth country is india n my category is f2a.plz ans me.
  4. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    The F2A date for Indian natives is May 2010, so it should be within a month or two. Good luck.
  5. Andrew Pagay's Avatar
    Hi what is your projection of the f2b category?my pd is January 28,2002
  6. new york psychologists's Avatar
    Is it Applicable for any other country? like pakistan, Bangladesh...
  7. Maninder gill's Avatar
    May be nov 2012
  8. amisha's Avatar
    my name is amisha.i file for sister priority date is aug 05 2005 how long time will take to open a file
    email address amishashah831@gmail.com
  9. Thresia Kannadan's Avatar
    i filed for my brother on may 31St 2001.when he will get visa interview,pl answer me
  10. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    @ Thresia - This blog's focus in on healthcare and employment based immigration. My specialty is not predicting future family based numbers.
  11. madhuben n patel's Avatar


    my pd is 8th jan 2003.pl answer me when igot visa for f4
















































































  12. Gratziela Stoian's Avatar
    Hello,what is your projection for EB-3 Visa at the beginning of 2013( my country of birth is Romania)?My priority date is March 22, 2007.Thank you.
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