Sunday, January 5, 2014

February 2014 Demand Data

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?

This blog post is a place holder in case DOS decides to release February 2014 demand data. As many of you know, they did not release the December 2013 and January 2014 demand data.

EB2 India: As many of you know, due to huge demand from EB3 India porting to EB2 India, USCIS had to stop allocating visas to EB2 India category from November 20. EB2 India dates moved back to November 2004 due to this heaving demand from porters from EB3 category.

Currently the porting cases are been counted twice in both EB3 and EB2 category (since they do not have a system to accurately track various porting cases). Please see article.

EB3 ROW: The  real demand for EB3 ROW/Mexico/China should start showing up in the next I-485 pending inventory. However since VB dates keep moving forward and visa is available, not all cases would appear in the January demand data. This is because demand data only contains preadjudicated cases (and CP cases).

Currently it takes about 4+ months to process I-485 and preadjudicate case. Hence demand data for these categories could appear to be low, though dates have moved by 3+ years.

The most accurate data would show up in the I-485 pending inventory. However the latest version has data only till October 1.

Tip: Once demand data is released (or in case DOS does not release demand data this month), you can use the Find Hidden Visa Bulletin tool to locate the February 2014 Visa Bulletin before it is released to general public.

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