The good news for EB-2 India and China is over.
Back in May 2011 EB-2 India
advanced to July 1, 2006 - the first movement in a year. As of this month
(and for next month) the visa bulletin shows EB2 India and China at May 1,
2010!! But the May, 2012 Visa
Bulletin will have some bad news:
EB-2 India... EB2 China... 15AUG2007
That's right - India and China will retrogress almost three years. As of last week, the Visa Office has stopped issuing visa numbers to USCIS for EB-2 India and China for priority dates later than August 15, 2007.
- If USCIS has already requested a visa number for applicants with those priority dates, their adjustment of status applicants can be completed.
- However, if visa numbers have not been requested, those applications cannot be completed, notwithstanding that the visa bulletin shows their priority dates are current.
- Those with priority dates earlier than May 1, 2010 can continue to file I-485 adjustment of status applications through the end of April - but those applications may be pending for a very long time.
Charles Oppenheim, the Chief of the
Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division of the Bureau of Consular Affairs
of the U.S. Department of State, does not expect any substantial
movement in EB-2 for India and China before the end of the fiscal year on September
Mr. Oppenheim has predicted that EB-3 will continue to advance for all countries. The worldwide cutoff of April 8, 2006, will advance 3 to 5 weeks.
EB-3 China (Priority Date: Mar 1, 2005) will advance up to six weeks and EB-3 India (Priority Date: September 1, 2002) will advance up to 2 weeks. EB-1 will remain current for all countries. Meanwhile, family categories will advance generally from 3 to 5 weeks, except for F-2A, which could move up to 2.5 months.
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