The December State Department Visa Bulletin is out. We have broken it into sections which include this month, last month, and this month a year ago so you can see how the bulletin has moved. We have only included those dates which may be of interest to healthcare workers. The full bulletin with all dates can be found here.
*Unavailable means no numbers are available without regard to the priority date.
HLG EB-2 Comments
India: Unfortunately, India did not move a single day. It’s difficult to see how the India cutoff date is going to return to 2010 by late Spring of 2013 as suggested by the Department of State back in the summer of 2012, when they are moving at this slow pace.
China: China saw a nice move of more than seven weeks. That’s a pace we can live with.
All Chargeability: Good to see all remained current, along with the Philippines and Mexico.
HLG EB-3 Comments
Philippines: It’s frustrating for all those EB-3 nurses in the Philippines who have been waiting since 2006 and 2007, to see the cutoff date only moving a week at a time. This month’s movement was a whopping seven days. It’s bad enough for Physical Therpaists and Occupational Therapists who are in the US working on H-1B visas to see the dates move so slowly. It’s sheer torture for RNs, who generally speaking, cannot get work visas in the US until their priority dates are current.
India: Same deal as the Philippines, except India got an extra three days, for a total of ten days of movement.
China: China made out best this month, with a move of approximately two and a half months.
All Chargeability: While we would like to see more, a move of a month at least allows us to keep from losing any ground.
The December Visa Bulletin contains a section at the end which addresses future projections. It states, in relevant part:
D. VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS
EMPLOYMENT-based categories (monthly)
China: five to eight weeks
India: no movement
Worldwide: three to five weeks
China: one to two months
India: up to two weeks
Mexico: three to five weeks
Philippines: one to three weeks
Obviously, the most alarming statement is that it does not project any movement at all for the India EB-2 cut-off date in coming months.