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No Longer So Fast! EB-1 Retrogression For Indian- And Chinese-Born Foreign Nationals: Cyrus D. Mehta and Anand G. Sinha

July 18, 2016 (1 min read)

Cyrus D. Mehta and Anand G. Sinha, July 18, 2016- "One does not need a degree in public policy or law to understand the basic premise behind the concept that the United States ought to make the attraction of the best and brightest individuals a paramount immigration policy. By enabling the most talented and gifted individuals in the world to come to and work in the United States, the positive impact on society both economically and culturally ought to seem self-evident. However, on July 11, 2016, the Department of State (DOS) issued a visa bulletin which bodes poorly for many of those Indian and Chinese born foreign nationals the country should be actively recruiting.  The Employment-Based First Preference Category (EB-1), the visa category encompassing “priority workers” pursuant to section 203(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, has retrogressed for the first time in nine years. ... The silver lining is that India and China born foreign nationals can look forward to October 1, 2016, when the new yearly allotment of green cards under the EB-1 category will be issued and the August 2016 Visa Bulletin has announced that the categories will again become current. In summation, the EB-1 retrogression for Indian and Chinese nationals may foreshadow an alarming trend, although in the past the EB-1 moved to current quite rapidly after it had retrogressed. The visa category which was dubbed the “fast-track” to an employment-based green card, may be slowing down. The EB-2 and EB-3 for India and China in recent years have been hopelessly backlogged, and the EB-1 provided a pathway to quick lawful permanent residence, provided one qualified. Let us hope that the EB-1 for India and China reverts to current and stays current from October 1, 2016 onwards. Otherwise, we will fast be going downhill in a broken immigration system!"