April 2013 Visa Bulletin was released earlier today. Date for EB2 India is 01 SEP 04 and EB2 China is 01 APR 08. The cut-off for EB2-ROW, EB2-Mexico and EB2-Philippines is Current.
As expected the EB2 India has not moved. The good news here is EB2 China dates are moving, which means till EB2 India reaches that date, it can consume all the spill over numbers. Another good news is, the EB2 India did not retrogress, even though there was a prediction by DOS in last month Visa Bulletin that it might.
The demand data for this month has been released earlier. It is interesting to note that the cumulative demand prior to Jan 1, 2005 has raised to 375 from 300 and the cumulative demand prior to 1 Jan 2009 has fallen to 23,400 from 23,975. May be data errors/May be porting from EB2 to EB1. We have to wait and watch. But, one thing is clear that there is lot of porting at least with folks having earlier Priority Dates.
What will happen next ? Like mentioned in the earlier posts, USCIS/DOS has gone back to their earlier strategy -- where in they wait till last quarter of the FY to determine the number of visas to give for EB2 India and China, due to spill over. Given this, I expect lot of movement in July. Going by today's data, it might go to 1 Jan 2008. But it will depend on the spill over and the number of porting.
Cut-off dates for EB3 India is 08 DEC 02 and EB3 China is 22 APR 07. As expected, EB3 India is moving at one week or two weeks per month pace. For EB3 India, it is going to move at this pace only till there is a legislative change. The reason being there is no spill over to EB3 India category. Hence only about 2800 green cards are given for this category every year.
One thing that is different this year -- there is revived talk about Immigration everywhere -- in the media, in Washington, in House and in Senate. Many focus is currently on the 8 Senators trying to come up with CIR bill which is expected during second week of April.
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