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Carl Shusterman's Immigration Update

September 2013 Brings Good News

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The September 2013 Visa Bulletin is like an early Christmas gift come early for thousands of family-based and employment-based immigrants.

On the family side, the 2A category (spouses and children of permanent residents) remains current (no backlogs) for a second month in a row. The retrogression is bound to start come October so the time to apply is now.

The biggest advance on worldwide numbers is the 2B category (unmarried adult sons and daughter of permanent residents) which moves forward 10 weeks. For Filipino unmarried adult sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, the numbers advance over 4 months.


Categories Worldwide China (PRC) Mexico Philippines
1st 9-15-06 9-15-06 9-8-93 5-8-01
2A Current Current Current Current
2B 2-15-06 2-15-06 2-22-94 1-22-03
3rd 1-22-03 1-22-03 5-15-93 12-22-92
4th 7-22-01 7-22-01 10-8-96 2-15-90

The worldwide EB-3 category (professionals, skilled and unskilled workers) jumps ahead by 1 1/2 years to July 10, 2010. And, at last, there is some good news for persons born in India. EB-2 (advance degreed workers) advances 5 1/2 months and EB-3 a full 8 months.


Categories Worldwide China (PRC) India Mexico Philippines
1st Current Current Current Current Current
2nd Current 8-8-08 6-15-08 Current Current
3rd 7-1-10 7-1-10 9-22-03 7-1-10 12-1-06
Unskilled 7-1-10 6-15-04 9-22-03 7-1-10 12-1-06
4th Current Current Current Current Current
Religious Current Current Current Current Current
5th Current Current Current Current Current

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Updated 11-20-2013 at 11:17 AM by CShusterman


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