Demand data is used by DOS to calculate the monthly visa bulletin dates. If you are not familiar with demand data, please see this article: What is Demand Data?
September demand data would be VERY important for all EB categories (which are currently retrogressed).
September is the last month in FY 2013. All 158,000 (140,000 + 18,000 spillover from FB category) visas should be used up this month. Typically DOS moves dates forward in July/Aug VB and then slows down (or stops) forward movement in Sept VB; so that visas do not exceed the annual quota.
EB2 India: EB2 India finally moved forward in Aug VB. Expected spillovers to EB2 India is between 12,000 to 14,000 visas. So far we have confirmed report of PD of May 2008 receiving GC on Aug 6 (with reports of even June 2008 receiving approval). For those not familiar, EB2 India did not moved at all since last October. Please see article.
EB3 ROW: If EB2 India/China is not able to use up all spillovers, it will flow to EB3 categories.If that happens dates would start moving forward in EB3 categories (ROW, China and Mexico)
It looks likes EB2 China and EB3 India has already used up its annual quota and any expected spillovers. So any forward date movement in EB2 China and EB3 categories would depend on EB2 India spillover usage; which directly depends on this demand data.
Based on July 2013 demand data, EB2 India has a huge amount of preadjudicated cases. So it will be very easy to consume all of these spillovers (especially from people porting from EB3 India to EB2 India who have already filed I485 applications).
Tip: While you are waiting, you can use the Find Hidden Visa Bulletin to locate the September 2013 Visa Bulletin before it is released to general public. Based on logs, the tool is been used around 8,000 per day. Assuming 50 URLs scanned per search, that comes to hitting the government server around 400,000 times per day. No worries, based on the optimized algorithm, it would not put much load on the servers.
Update: It is around 22,000 as of Aug 12.
- July 2013 Demand Data: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/06/july-2013-demand-data.html
- August 2013 Visa Bulletin And Analysis: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/07/visa-bulletin-august-2013.html
- September 2013 Visa Bulletin: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/08/visa-bulletin-september-2013.html
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