EB2 India and China Visa Retrogression Likely in May

"In a March 22, 2012 meeting with Charlie Oppenheim, the Department of State Visa Chief informed Mr. Ware that visa retrogression in the Employment-Based 2nd preference category for nationals of India and China is likely in May.  Mr. Oppenheim now predicts that EB2 India and China priority dates will retrogress to 8/15/2007 for the May Visa Bulletin.  This is a significant change from Mr. Oppenheim’s January prediction that the Department of State (DOS) would likely hold priority dates in the coming summer and then retrogress or advance it if needed, and may indicate an increase in filing beyond DOS expectations." - David Ware, Mar. 23, 2012.

"The Department of State’s point man on the Visa Bulletin has confirmed for AILA that India and China EB-2 will retrogress to August 15, 2007, a dramatic retrogression from the recent progression of China and India EB-2 number. Charlie Oppenheim, Chief, DOS Immigrant Visa Control & Reporting, says that demand for the EB-2 numbers is high due to the progression of EB-2 dates from November 2011 – April 2012.  USCIS has informed Mr. Oppenheim that they will continue to “preadjudicate” adjustment applications received through April. The “preadjudicated” cases will be held by the State Department in the “pending” demand file. That way, the cases will be ready in October, or earlier, if the current number use pattern changes, and they are needed at the end of this fiscal year to assure utilization of the full employment-based permanent resident visa allocation.  The Department of State historically has progressed dates to stimulate demand in the visa numbers. That practice came under some criticism during the Summer 2007 “VisaGate” incident when the DOS progressed to ‘current’ all categories in response to the USCIS’ inability to approve any I-485, Applications for Adjustment of Status. This flooded the USCIS with 300,000 Applications in the Summer 2007, forcing USCIS to begin approving I-485 Applications. Since VisaGate the progression of visa number has been measured, until this accelerated EB-2 progression began in November 2011." - Musillo Unkenholt, Mar. 26, 2012.

Comments

Anonymous
Anonymous
  • 04-02-2012

Thanks Daniel. My priority date is May 1st, 2008. I have already received Visa interview letter from NVC. Interview date is April 6th at Mumbai. During this interview if my case is approved will have I have to wait for getting the visa ? Thanks.

Anonymous
Anonymous
  • 07-19-2012

Hi Titiksha, yes definitely you have to wait between 15 to 17 years to your visa. Don't worry, it will still come.