Charles Oppenheim is the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division within Department of State (DOS).
Please see the important details below:
EB2 India: As we had reported earlier, EB2 India category quota has been exhausted for FY 2014 on September 10, 2014. However USCIS will continue to accept applications from EB2 India applicants.
In addition, demand in EB2 India category has also increased due to (1) new filings and (2) upgrades from EB3 India to EB2 India category. This will result in heavy retrogression in EB2 India. Priority dates are expected to retrogress from 2009 to early 2005 in the next visa bulletin.
EB3 Philippines: The cut off date for this category is now same as EB3 ROW. This is due to (1) reduced demand in EB1 Philippines and EB2 Philippines (2) low demand from EB3 Philippines. EB3 Philippines will continue to have same cutoff date as EB3 ROW for next few months. After that, the dates may change depending on demand in EB1, EB2 and EB3 Philippines category.
EB5 China: This category became unavailable starting from August 23, 2014 and will remain unavailable till Sept 30, 2014. This means EB5 China is unavailable for fiscal year 2014. EB5 China will be available starting from October 1, 2014 (start of fiscal year 2015).
In addition, due to heavy demand, EB5 China is also expected to retrogress around May 2015 for fiscal year 2015.
An important note for EB5 China applicants is that if they have set up interview overseas (consulate processing), visas will continue to be available. Visas will not be available for EB5 China applicants who has not yet set up an interview. However USCIS/NVC will continue to process EB5 China applications.
For All Applicants: If the primary applicant is from heavily retrogressed country and your spouse is from different country (which is not retrogressed), the primary applicant can do a "cross chargeabilty" and apply under the spouse country. Example, if the primary applicant is from EB2 China but their spouse is from Indonesia, then they can apply for cross chargeabilty under EB2 ROW category when they file the I-485 application.
Did you know: Indonesia is comprised of 13,466 islands and the word "Indonesia" means island(s).
Quick Note For All Categories:
When dates move forward, it takes time for USCIS to process all application and then request a visa number from DOS. Hence there could be a big delay (4-8 months) from the time USCIS receives application to when DOS can estimate actual demand.
Earlier, we have seen that USCIS sometimes reported low numbers, even when demand was higher. This resulted in significant retrogression when the real demand was calculated by DOS.
Also when applicants upgrade or downgrade application, they are counted twice. There is currently no way for DOS to identify these duplicates. Hence identifying the real demand can be very hard and may result in visas been wasted at the end of fiscal year.
- Immigration News (updated every 15 minutes): http://www.mygcvisa.com/news/
- October 2014 Visa Bulletin: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2014/09/october-2014-visa-bulletin.html
- November 2014 Visa Bulletin: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2014/10/november-2014-visa-bulletin.html
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