For September, there is not much movement in the employment-based categories except for EB-2 India. Still, the progress is not significant, and this can be attributed to various factors. Charles Oppenheim, Chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division (U.S. Dept. of State), explained that EB-2 India cut-off could have moved forward more dramatically for September. However, worldwide EB-1 and EB-2 India demand in July and the beginning of August were higher than expected. This increase resulted in fewer available visa numbers for EB-2 India.
Mr. Oppenheim also predicts that EB-2 India will retrogress in FY2015, and this could occur as early as November. “Current USCIS filings based on forward movement of the India EB-2 cut-off may not results in a significant increase in requests for visa numbers until early FY 2015. When that occurs, we can expect to see retrogression based on the need to hold number use within the annual limit.”
Meanwhile, EB-3 China continue to advance, moving from October 1, 2006 to November 1, 2008. Also noteworthy is the progress of EB-3 Philippines, moving to the same priority date as EB-3 worldwide.
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