The US Department of State recently published their June 2013 Visa Bulletin which tells people whether they are eligible to continue their process for a Green Card. This is essentially the monthly announcement that so many wait for because it may spell the beginning of a 5-10 year wait or more for the chance to continue their Permanent Residency quest in the US. The wait times in particular for Indian and Chinese foreigners is crazy and is a direct result of the illogical nature of how the current US Immigration laws are written.
This is a quest that ultimately has cost them career growth, salary growth, the ability to be flexible with themselves and their family, left them unable to move and even caused a guest blogger on this site to pen a letter to President Obama pleading for action on this green card issue for both the Immigrants who are legal and hurting as well as for the benefit of the US Economy at large. The current proposed US Immigration Reform seeks to address this to some degree but the reality is either may not pass, may be amended so it doesn’t help situation or more likely cause new issues with the backlog.
The main updates in the bulletin are;
EB-1 Permanent Residency Visa (Extraordinary Ability Professionals & Individuals)
- EB-1 remains current for all applicants
EB-2 Permanent Residency Visa (High Skill, Advanced Degree & Senior Experienced Professionals)
- EB-2 remains current for all applicants except Indian and Chinese
- EB-2 priority date for Indians remained at Sept 1, 2004
- EB-2 priority date for Chinese went from May 15, 2008 to July 15, 2008
EB- 3 Permanent Residency Visa (Skilled Professionals with Bachelors Degree or Equivalent Work Experience)
- EB-3 (Skilled Workers) priority date for Indians advanced from Dec 22, 2002 to Jan 8, 2003
- EB-3 (Skilled Workers) priority date for Chinese advanced from Dec 1, 2007 to Sept 1, 2008
- EB-3 (Skilled Workers) priority date for Filipinos advanced from Sept 15, 2006 to Sept 22, 2006
- EB-3 (Skilled Workers) priority date for all other countries advanced from Dec 1, 2007 to Sep 1, 2008
- EB-3 (Other Workers) priority date for Indians advanced from Dec 22, 2002 to Jan 8, 2003
- EB-3 (Other Workers) priority date for Chinese advanced from Sept 1, 2003 to Oct 22, 2003
- EB-3 (Other Workers) priority date for Filipinos advanced from Sept 15, 2006 to Sept 22, 2006
- EB-3 (Other Workers) priority date for all other countries advanced from Dec 1, 2007 to Sep 1, 2008
EB-4 Permanent Residency Visa (Religious Workers)
- EB-4 remains current for all applicants
EB- 5 Permanent Residency Visa (Investment Visa)
- EB-5 remains current for all applicants
One final point I will leave you all with if you are an Indian foreign professional who has been working in the US since as late as October 1, 2001 (given to do a green application process takes about a year) and then had their Green Card Application approved in Jan 2003 has reached an important milestone. After 10.5 years, no promotions at work, thus no career growth, little salary increase and the same company they can finally continue their Green Card process to the medical test and interview stage and final few months to hopefully officially becoming a permanent resident in the US. When they were originally approved and now waited 10.5 years, George W Bush had only finished 2 years of his presidency, the Iraq war was 2 months from starting, Windows XP was the latest operating system, there was essentially no such thing as a proper Smartphone, Facebook was a year away from commencing and Finding Nemo was a top movie of the year.