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THE MAY 2013 PRIORITY DATES
By Michael J. Gurfinkel, Esq.

Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month, for the various family and employment based categories. A priority date is a person's "place in line" for a visa, meaning that immigrant visas (or green cards) would be available for persons whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below. If your priority date was "current", but later retrogressed (or became "unavailable") before your immigrant visa was issued (or before you adjusted status in the U.S.), you would have to wait until it becomes current again.

The MAY 2013 priority dates for the Philippines are as follows:

FAMILY CATEGORY:   PRIORITY DATE:
First Preference
Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (over 21 years of age)
June 1, 1999
(In April 2013, the priority date was February 15, 1999.)
Second Preference (2A) Spouse and minor children (below 21 years old) of green card holder March 1, 2011
(In April 2013, the priority date was December 15, 2010.)
  (2B) Unmarried sons and daughters (over 21 years old) of green card holder September 8, 2002
(In April 2013, the priority date was the July 15, 2002.)
Third Preference Married sons and daughters of U.S. Citizens October 22, 1992
(In April 2013, the priority date was October 1, 1992.)
Fourth Preference Brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens. October 1, 1989
(In April 2013, the priority date was August 15, 1989.)


LABOR CERTIFICATION:  
Third Preference Professional/ Skilled Workers September 15, 2006
(In March 2013, the priority date was September 8, 2006.)
Other workers Non-Skilled Workers September 15, 2006
(In April 2013, the priority date was September 8, 2006.)



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