Visa Bulletin for January 2013
The following January 2013 visa bulletin was released by U.S. Department of State. The dates in the visa bulletin represent the earliest priority date that will be processed during the month the visa bulletin is issued for. Certain high demand countries such as China (Mainland Born), India, Mexico and Philippines have a much longer wait time compared to the rest of the world (ROW).

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"C" means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants.
"U" means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available. 
Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.

Family-Sponsored Preferences

Family-Sponsored All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 12/22/2005 12/22/2005 12/22/2005 07/08/1993 12/22/1997
F2A 09/22/2010 09/22/2010 09/22/2010 09/01/2010 09/22/2010
F2B 12/08/2004 12/08/2004 12/08/2004 11/22/1992 04/15/2002
F3 06/22/2002 06/22/2002 06/22/2002 03/08/1993 08/08/1992
F4 04/08/2001 04/08/2001 04/08/2001 07/22/1996 04/15/1989


In the above table, the categories listed are as follows:
F1 - Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens
F2A - Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents
F2B - Unmarried Sons and Daughters
F3 - Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens
F4 - Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens

Further information on visa bulletin preferences


Employment-Based Preferences

Employment-Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C
2nd C 12/08/2007 09/01/2004 C C
3rd 02/01/2007 09/22/2006 11/08/2002 02/01/2007 08/15/2006
Other Workers 02/01/2007 07/01/2003 11/08/2002 02/01/2007 08/15/2006
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th C C C C C
5th Targeted Employment Areas C C C C C
5th Pilot Programs C C C C C

In the above table, the categories listed are as follows:
EB1 - Priority Workers
EB2 - Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability
EB3 - Skilled Workers and Professionals
EB3-Other - Other Unskilled Workers
EB4 - Certain Special Immigrants
EB4-Religious - Religious Workers
EB4 - Iraq and Afghan Translators
EB5 - Employment Creation
EB5 - Targeted Employment Areas
EB5 - Pilot Programs

Further information on visa bulletin preferences

       
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