September 2014 Visa Bulletin was released earlier this week.
Date for EB2 India moved from 22 JAN 09 to 01 MAY 09. EB2 China stayed at 08 OCT 09. The cut-off for all other EB2 countries are Current.
Good News !!! EB2 India has moved forward. I expected it to move till 01 MAR 09. It is very good news that it has moved till 01 MAY 09.
If you are becoming current in September and if you are going to file I-485, please make sure to contact your immigration lawyer now and get the relevant documents. Please make sure your file is sent to USCIS within first 3 days of September.
If you are waiting to file I-485, please use this opportunity to gather all the documents and keep it in place:
- General list can be found here - http://ambals.blogspot.com/2013/07/getting-ready-to-file-i-485.html
- This blog post will help you, if you have not done vaccination - http://ambals.blogspot.com/2013/12/vaccination-record.html
- This blog post will help you, if you don't have your Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate in place - http://ambals.blogspot.com/2013/06/affidavit-of-birth-along-with-i-485.html
Cut-off dates for EB3 India stayed at 08 NOV 03 and EB3 Philippines from 01 JUN 10 to 01 APR 11 and EB3 China stayed at 01 NOV 08 and all other countries it stays at 01 APR 11.
Good news here is EB3 Philippines date has moved almost a year.
I-485 Pending inventory:
I-485 inventory was released earlier this month.
Current I-485 inventory shows data till 21 JUL 2014. For EB2 India, there are 31,234 pending applications, whose priority is before 01 MAY 2010. For EB3 India, it is 30,018 applicants before 01 SEPT 2007 Priority date.
What to Expect Next Few Months:
For EB3 India - I am hoping it will move 2 weeks every Visa Bulletin, at the very least one week.
For EB2 India:
I am hoping it will stay the same till November Visa Bulletin
Then, the next question is what might happen after that.
Last year the dates for EB2 India was like this:
Jul 2013 -- 01SEP04
Aug 2013 -- 01JAN08
Sep 2013 -- 15JUN08
Oct 2013 -- 15JUN08
Nov 2013 -- 15JUN08
Dec 2013 -- 15NOV04
I expect pretty much the same. It stay the same till November Visa Bulletin. Then, retrogress back. I think it will retrogress again to say, 15 DEC 04 in November 2014 Visa Bulletin. It totally depends on what strategy DOS wants to follow this time.
Current Visa Bulletin also mentions that the date might retrogress as early as November.
You can see the official August 2014 Visa Bulletin here - http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2014/visa-bulletin-for-september-2014.html
You can see the official I-485 pending inventory Data here -