Tuesday, May 21, 2013

USCIS Recently Updated I-485 Pending Inventory

USCIS recently updated the I-485 pending inventory. The only problem is the data is as of April 2, 2013 (nearly 50 days old).

You can view the April 2, 2013 inventory here: http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Green%20Card/Green%20Card%20Through%20a%20Job/I-485%20Employment-Based%20Inventory%20Statistics/EB%20I-485%20Pending%20Inventory%20as%20of%2004-02-2013%20Final.pdf

We were hoping the data would be current so that it would include thousands of new cases filed in EB3 ROW categories since May 1; but it looks like we may have to wait for another three months to get that data.

This new data would definitely help in updating the GC calculator tool; though it might take few additional days to do in depth analysis.

Q. What is not included in I-485 pending inventory
A. I-485 pending inventory does not include (a) consular processing cases which is around 15% of total 140,000 visas allotted each year (b) if I-140 is approved but I-485 application is not filed, then it will also not appear in this inventory (c) I-485 applications which has already been approved.

If I-140 and I-485 is concurrently filed, then the applicant will not show up in inventory unless I-140 is approved.

Please see this article for more details: FAQ: I-485 Pending Inventory.

You can see all the previous I-485 pending inventory here:

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=16551543455e5210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=16551543455e5210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

16 comments:

  1. Is it possible to tell us what does it mean for EB3-ROW ?

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    1. As expected the demand is much lower in EB3ROW (from 12,283 to 7,330). Since this inventory is more than 50 days old, it is hard to give an accurate estimate.

      However it is still likely that EB3ROW would move around 5-6 months in July VB.

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    2. Thank you, if it moves at the same pace for the next three months that would be good for EB3-ROW applicants with 2010 PD

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  2. Hi Amazon, I was waiting to be updated so that I could ask you for a rough estimate on when my date will become current. I am EB 3 ROW with priority date July 29th 2009. Thank you for all that you do.

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    1. Hi Carmen, your PD would most likely be current this year (probably around September VB). This old data from USCIS is not very helpful in giving accurate estimates.

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  3. Hopefully it is true that 2007 and 2008 have a much lower number of approved I-140 since it wasn't easy to show that there was nobody around who was willing and able to fulfill the position with all the unemployment during that stretch of time? Do you know more about that?

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    1. It is generally not so simple. People can retain their older PD in their new application filing.

      Example: If they had filed in 2007 and I-140 was approved. Then they left the company. Then they joined another company in 2010 (or 2012), they can still retain their 2007 PD according to USCIS memo.

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  4. Hi Amazon, Any hope on my date becoming current in July VB. I am on EB2 India with priority date Feb-21-2007. Thank you

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    1. There is a possibility. It all depends on how much spillover will flow to EB2 India.

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    2. How / when do we know how much is the spillover ?

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    3. When: USCIS/DOS releases that data around Dec 2013 (or few months later) for FY 2013.

      How: You will have to read the reports in this link:

      http://travel.state.gov/visa/statistics/ivstats/ivstats_4581.html

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  5. I really hope I get greened next month. my priority date is Sept 6th 2006- EB2I

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  6. The latest inventory data shows few applications(12) filed with priority date > 2008. On April 02, the PD < 2008 for EB3 ROW. So how is this possible ?

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  7. Great Article. Thanks for the info. Does anyone know where I can find a blank 2011 USCIS Form I-485 to fill out?

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    1. Hey Tintin, I found a blank fillable 2011 USCIS Form I-485 form here:Form I.485 Application.

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