Tuesday, July 9, 2013

August 2013 Visa Bulletin and Analysis


GOOD NEWS !!!

August 2013 Visa Bulletin was released earlier today. Date for EB2 India is 01 JAN 08 and EB2 China is 08 AUG 08.The cut-off for all other EB2 countries are Current.

As reported earlier by The Oh Law Firm website, the EB2 India dates has moved to 01 JAN 08.


The Visa Bulletin predicts that it will generate enough demand to keep the date as it is. It kind of indicates, there might not be any movement of the dates and the movement will be based on how much demand this will generate. I still hope it moves forward, say to, 01-APR-08. But, we have to wait and see.


Also, I think it will retrogress back to earlier date in October 2013 visa bulletin. This is the reasoning behind it -- theoretically all the EB3 applicants can port to EB2. As long as there 300 or more porting, DOS will have to retrogress the date and keep it like that till the spillover is determined.


Cut-off dates for EB3 India is 22 JAN 03 and EB3 China is 01 JAN 09. 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. Also, EB3 China is ahead of EB2 China dates. :)


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309 comments:

  1. 18K Visas spilled over from FB to EB category. This should help EB2 move past Jan 1st 2008 given the port ins from EB3 to EB2 did not use up all of them.

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    1. This is a very old news (may be 6 months old), this 18K spill over is accounted for in all VB from last 6 months or so. This 18K is equally divided to all EB's (1, 2, 3, etc). Also it is divided country wise, so India would have received some extra EB2 GC, which are already accounted for.

      Again, exact spill over which comes from un-used GC (From other countries, from EB4, EB5, EB1 to EB2 India) is still unknown. So don't get confuse with this spill over numbers with the FB spill overs.

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  2. When do you think it will reach mar 15 2008

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    1. I am hoping September 2013 visa bulletin.

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  3. Hi. Thanks for this info.
    I have a question. MY 1-40 was approved under eb 3 and I-485 is pending with teh priority date of dec 2005. My perm and I-140 got approved earlier this year under EB2 . Doe that mean my 485 application is automatically transferred to eb2 or need to be filed again in august?
    Thanks

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    1. You don't have to file I-485 again. But, you need to file a request to interfile (basically, use the EB3 I-485).

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    2. Thanks,
      I got RFE in MArch asking for a request. My attorney did reply to that. Does that mean I am all set? Any chance I will get my GC in next couple months?

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    3. If everything is good and no RFE, you should get it by end of August.

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  4. How much visa spillover is expected to EB? Someone mentioned 18K - what is the source of this?

    Last month's demand data showed 8050 EB2I applications prior to 1JAN2008. If the spillover is truly 18K that should translate into an additional 10K visas, which should push the EB2I priority date maybe 1 to 3 months beyond 1JAN2008?

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    1. That is what no one knows for sure and DOS/USCIS is not revealing that information yet.

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    2. Some one (who mentioned 18K) is confused. These numbers are not out yet.

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  5. When do you think it will hit 6/1/2008 or will it ever hit this year? Thx.

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  6. Hi Ambals,

    First of all, thank you so much for your selfless work and keeping us posted on all the developments.

    My EB3 priority date was Oct 2007 and this year my EB2 PERM and I-140 got approved. Since, we got only 2-3 months of my date being current this year, does it mean that I would get only the EAD this year and wait for my GC next year?

    Thank You for your assistance in advance.

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  7. Hi Ambals,

    What is the best case possibility of a person getting GC with a PD of July 2008 (EAD already approved)?
    Appreciate your good work.


    Thanks,
    Kan.

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    1. Best case -- Sept 2013. Worst case -- Sept 2014.

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  8. Hi Ambals,

    Any chance for EB2I to reach mid-May 2008 in Sept-2013 VB?

    Thanks.

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  9. Ambals, thanks in advance for your service. My priority date is Oct 8 2007 and I am on EAD with 485 filed last year. I read that there is a demand of 8050 , so does that mean that they will issue 8050 green cards in 2 months ? My attorneys are preparing the reply to RFE such that USCIS will receive employment verification document befor Aug 1st. Doeas this mean that I will get the GC for sure in Aug/Sept ? USCIS might call for biometrics/Medicals again, if they call again still 2 months will sufficient get GC ?

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    1. If the RFE is cleared soon, you will surely get your GC.

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  10. I hope Oct 2008 happens next year, that's still 9 months from Jan, add porting and spillover uncertainty and it becomes hard to be certain about anything

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  11. HI Ambals,
    My PD is 1-Dec-2010. Any idea when it will become current.
    Appreciate your efforts.

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    1. Current trend is about 6 years from priority date.

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    2. Yes, but by the time it gets to 2010, I wouldn't be surprised if it went to 8-10 yrs instead.

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  12. Do you think if it can hit to 15 April 2008 in September 2013?

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  13. If the immigration reform passes in house, will it help fixing for removal of per country effective date??

    Warm regds,
    HP

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    1. If the House passes the bill that Senate passed, then yes.

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  14. Guys, I missed it by 14 days. Very very upset. Do you think I will get it next month - 15-JAN-08 EB2 INDIA. Congratulations to all those who are gonna make it.
    Thanks!

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  15. EB3I did not move. Where do you see 1-2 weeks movement/month?

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    1. True. This month it didn't move. All these months it was moving 1-2 weeks. There is a possibility it might move in Sept 2013 visa bulletin.

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  16. First of all appreciate your awesome work and I am amazed by your insight into this apparently inexplicable process. My question is on what are you basing your call that they will likely retrogress starting October 2013? I understand why it will happen, my question is around the timing of October 2013.

    Thanks,
    Dilip

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    1. Based on last year's trend, the start of fiscal year (october), they retrogress.

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    2. @Dilip - checkout this link for explanation about EB2 India movement.

      http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/06/eb2-india-prediction-2013-2014.html

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  17. Hi, My PD is April 30, 2008. Will it be current next month?

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  18. If I am reading the retrogression chart correctly on this website

    http://immigrationroad.com/visa-bulletin/cutoff-dates-retrogression-tracker.php

    I see that the last 3 times when steep retrogression happened was in June 2009, June 2010 and June 2012. So why should it be in October in the next year? What am I missing?

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    1. DOS keeps changing the strategy every year. I think now they are stabilizing on the facts about porting and retrogressing. Given that, I feel it will be retrogress in Oct 2013. They might totally do a different thing.

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  19. I missed it by 7 days. My PD is 08 Jan 08. I hope Sept VB continues to move.

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  20. Ambals - thanks very much for your selfless support and hard work. My PD is EB2 Jan 07. I didn't receive an RFE and my online status has always shown 'accepted' since the I-485 filing. Do I need to be wary of anything or do I need to do anything at this time? I want to make sure I don't miss this chance.

    Thanks much again,

    -aaykay

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    1. There 2 theories. No one knows what is good. One theory is leave it alone, you will get it on-time. Another theory is raise infocase, contact congressman and Senator.
      This is what I would do, research and keep the information about how to contact Senator's office and what form to fill. If I don't get my GC by Aug 15, I will go ahead and do that.

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    2. Aug 15 ..India got Independence..Hope you get your independence by Aug 15.

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  21. Mine PD for EB2I is feb 2009 ...Any idea when it will reach that?

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    1. As of now, it looks more like July 2014.

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  22. EB3 - PD Feb 2006, I-485 pending since 2007. Have an EAD.
    EB2- PERM and I-140 approved. PD ported.
    The laywer says he already did interfiling at the time of I-140 application and at the same time he said their firm will interfile it again when PD became current.
    When I called USCIS few months back about an update in address, they told my case is pre-adjudicated.

    Does this all mean, I am all set and if nothing else comes in the way , I should have GC by end of August ?

    Also if for some reason USCIS take longer to process (God forbid that..), and if the date retrogress will the GC issuance be held off or would the visa number assigned to my case in the next two months will be used beyond Sept 2013....

    thanks

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    1. Yes. You should get your GC by end of August.

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    2. Ambals, above mentioned case, is that part of the 8050 demand data for until Jan 1 2008 ?

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  23. Thanks Ambals for the good work!!

    Any idea when PD of Feb 26, 2009 (EB2 - India) mighy be current?

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    1. As of now, it looks more like July 2014.

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  24. So... Since me PD is current. I can do my medical tomorrow? How much fast one can file the documents? Is next week a feasible or too aggressive- given I have the medical ready?

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  25. Any slight ray of hope for May 22 2008 in Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec 2013?

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    1. My data analysis support for Priority dates to go only to 01-APR-2008 in September 2013 VB. But, There are unconfirmed reports from Oh Law Firm website and other websites, saying it might go till 08-AUG-08 to match China numbers in September 2013 VB. In FY 2014, there will be movement in july, aug, sept 2014 VB.

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    2. Maintaining blog is one thing, but replying to all of our questions WITH PATIENCE is what we should appreciate you. Awesome dude!!

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  27. What is your guestimate for PD of EB2I - Aug 2010? Last year it came to May 2010 in Mar/Apr 2013 bulletin, any chances that it will go beyond that in fiscal year starting this october?

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  28. Our PD is oct 2006 and ead s was approved in early 2007 under eb3 category. Two month back we got I-140 approved under EB 2. As per my attorney we don't have to file any other papers and we should be getting out GC now that dates have moved forward for EB-2 India.
    Is that correct. I have read something about interfiling but my attorney says he has not even heard of it.
    Also is there any way I can check with uscis if our case is been approved / pre adjudicated and is line for green card
    Thanks for your help

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    1. Sam
      If you have already captured the date on your New I-140, means when you applied for new I-140 under Eb2 and have already captured the date from Eb3 (your i-140 under Eb2 should show the same priority date Oct 2006)In that case your attorney is right. you dont ahve to do anything but just apply for I485 when it becomes current.

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    2. Thank you so much for your response. We applied for I 485 back in 2006 concurrent to I 140 ( which was current for schedule A occupation at that time).. We are on ead since thn. What is our best course of action. As per my attorney we most likely will get a RFE for an employment letter when they look at our file after 1st of August. The company gave every thing recently when we applied for i140 under EB-2 few months back. Got approved under perm.

      Thank you so much for your insight

      Sam

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    3. If you filed your I-485 in 2006 under EB-3 then you MUST send an inter-file request and have the I-485 upgraded to EB-2.

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    4. My attorney is saying we don't have to do any thing and do not know what interfiling is. As per him our new i140 captured old. Priority day. Does that make any sense.
      Thanks

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    5. Sam
      If you are not applying for new I 485 under Eb2, linkage of file doesn't happen automatically. If you are banking on just new i140 with captured priority date is suffice than in my experience that is incorrect( I did interfiling).

      What's your email? I can share my exp of interfiling and process I followed.

      From my exp I can say, you have to do interfiling after capturing old priority date on new i140 if you are not planning to apply for new i485
      -apatel

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    6. Even my lawyer said the same. I insisted, we have to interfile. Then, he researched and he did interfile.
      You can also call USCIS or send email and request them to do it as here:
      http://www.trackitt.com/usa-discussion-forums/i485-eb/1260198661/eb3-to-eb2-porters-only-current-in-august-bulletin-join-here

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  29. What caused the EB3 dates movement? Is it the FB spillover? How come there is no FB spillover effect on EB3? In the coming two months can we expected a similar movement in EB3 also?

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  30. Hi Ambals, any news on EB3 Philippines? It moved 3 weeks this visa bulletin, will it move any further? My PD is Sept 2007. Thanks!

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    1. Yes. It will move further. But, I don't think it will move till Sept 2007.

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  31. First of all thanks for your selfless help. My EB3 PD is Mar 2008. Currently in the process of porting top EB2. Labor is in process and I am hoping that my I-140 will be applied close to Dec 2013 if everything goes well. Do you think Mar 2008 will be current at that time? or it will retrogress? Appreciate your help.

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    1. At this point, it looks like it will retrogress and will come back around July 2014.

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    2. Thanks for the response.

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  32. Hi
    I read all comments above and past few posting comments to find out some answers.
    Here ia my situation I had 140 approval with pd oct 2007, changed job in 2011 and processed gc in eb2, eb2 i140 got approved last year oct 2012.
    Now since date moved to jan 2008, I will file aos and ead both, what are the possibilities to get and Aos approval this year before oct 2013 assuming dates again moves back as happened last year..
    Any inputs will b appreciated

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    1. If the dates move back, sorry, there is very less chance for you to get GC. The finger printing and FBI name checks take about 3 months.

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    2. Tx for reply , one more question r there possibility dates will move back to 2004 or some other date??

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    3. My guess is, same date 01-Sept-04. But, I am really not sure what the DOS strategy is going to be.

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  33. hello ambals,

    If the dates do retrogress in Oct 2013 or there after, what date do you anticipate the dates will retrogress to ?

    Thanks

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    1. It will depended on porting rate of eb3 to eb2. The reflection of it will be in sept visa bulletin but I hope that it remains feb 2008 for some time ....

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    2. My guess is, same date 01-Sept-04. But, I am really not sure what the DOS strategy is going to be.

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    1. Check this: http://www.trackitt.com/usa-discussion-forums/i485-eb/1260198661/eb3-to-eb2-porters-only-current-in-august-bulletin-join-here

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  35. Ambals,

    Thank you for great information. Really appreciate your insight on following question,

    I applied for follow to join for my wife with priority date May 2007 and now her priority date will be current in next month. So when she will expect interview date (all other documents are approved and already paid visa fees as well). Is it in august or sepetember 2013.

    Any insight will be appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    1. If you have chosen interview, it might come anytime.

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  36. Ambals,
    Thanks so much for maintaining this blog. My PD is March 2011, when do you think it will become current?

    Thanks,
    Sam.

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    1. Typical trend has been 6 years from priority date.

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  37. Despite having a MS degree from US university and working in reputed company in the Bay area, I'm still waiting for my I485 and GC .

    To keep my story short, my lawyers screwed up my GC application the first time and put me in the EB3 category. I later contested and the company agreed to re-file my GC and now I have a priority date of SEP 2008 (EB2).

    Any idea when Sep 2008 might get current for EB2 category?

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    1. Thats everyone's story. When did you come to US ?

      Sept 2008 -- as of now, it looks like July 2014.

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    2. In 2000 and pursued my MS for 2 years and was on OPT for another year.

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  38. Any possibility of moving till June or July 2008 in the next bulletin? Is there any chance of forward movement at all in FY14? Thanks,

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    1. My data analysis support for it to go only to 01-APR-2008 in September 2013 VB. But, There are unconfirmed reports from Oh Law Firm website and other websites, saying it might go till 08-AUG-08 to match China numbers in September 2013 VB. In FY 2014, there will be movement in july, aug, sept 2014 VB.

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  39. Hi My eb2 date is Dec 2008. Any predictions on when can i file for I-485?

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    1. Mostly last quarter of FY 2014 -- July, Aug or Sept 2014.

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  40. HI Ambals,
    Thanks so much for continuing to be optimistic abt the dates whn no one else was. YOur blog has been a beacon of hope for all of us.

    Would you have any idea about how much it might retrogress in Oct 13?


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    1. My guess is, same date 01-Sept-04. But, I am really not sure what the DOS strategy is going to be.

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  41. Can you cut down work on EAD to part time with same employer and same job description?

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    1. Are there RFE asking for any changes like this if date gets current while on EAD?

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    2. Dear Ambals and others, could you please shed light on this issue. There is lot of discussion on working extra / moonlighting in addition to your full time job on EAD< but none on this issue? Thanks

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    3. any one with any idea? Ambals any comments regarding this?

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    4. I am not sure. It is best to consult an immigration lawyer and explain your case and get answers.

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  42. My priority date - 04/24/2008. Any chance of that being current in Sept or Oct visa bulletin?

    140 approved under eb3. haven't filed 140 under EB2.

    when do you think is the earliest time that i can file 140/485 concurrently?

    Please advise.

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    1. Best case is Sept 2013. Worst case is Sept 2014.

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  43. Guys, what are the chances of Feb 14, 2008 being current in the next and last VB for the fiscal?

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    1. My calculations say it will. We have to wait and see what they will do in next VB.

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    2. Thanks for keeping the hope alive..

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  44. Hi Ambals, my PD is Jan30th 2010 in EB3, porting from EB3 to EB2, I 140 filled in EB2.Any predictions on when can i file for I-485?
    Thanks.

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    1. Too early to tell. May be in 2015.

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  45. I came to US as a student in 2002. Started work in 2005, Jumped multiple companies and hence a lousy priority date of May 2011, EB2. What do you think about the provision of fast tracking GC for individuals who have live and worked for 10 years in the current CIR bill? If this takes root will I be able to apply?

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    1. If the bill becomes law as it is today, then yes, you will get you will your GC very soon.

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  46. Thanks for the nice blog and update. I am quite new to this. I work with Google (through an internal transfer on L2) and belong to EB2 with priority date as November 2012. As of now I have filed I-140 (couple of months back). Do any of you see foresee light for me in the coming months/years? I also hear that, the number of applicants between 2008 and 2012 are relatively small. Is this true? Any data to substantiate this rumor?

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    1. No light. No Data. Have fun!

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    2. Current trend to get GC through EB2 India is 6 years from your priority date.

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  47. My PD is March 19, 2008 - will I make it this year?

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    1. My calculations say it will. We have to wait and see what they will do in next VB.

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    2. It may make it to Aug 2008

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    3. Aug 2008 is being overly optimistic. I also hope it happens

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  48. Hi,
    Thanks a lot. Your blog is amazing and very informative.

    My priority date is March 5, 2008. Do you think it will become current in next month's bulletin? I am not able to find any predictions anywhere

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    1. Yes. My calculations says it will. But, we have to wait and watch.

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    2. Everyone who is eligible to file for I485 will file after aug 1st. So there will not be enough data by the time sept bulletin is out on how many more visas are available . Why would the dates move any forward? I am in the same boat with march 26th 08 PD but unfortunately I don't see why dates will move forward

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    3. Very true. They will have spill over numbers and they will also have the data for first week of august filing. I am hoping, depending on that, they will move the dates.

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  49. Hi Ambals,
    Thanks for the dedication in maintaining this blog and providing your insight. My PD is OCT 2007 with I-140 approved under EB2. I am now filing for AOS/I-765/I-131. Will I get my EAD card before it possibly retrogresses in OCT 2013? Also, can I switch jobs with EAD or no?

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    1. Getting EAD has no relevance to dates. Once you apply, in the normally processing time -- about 60 days -- you should get your EAD. But, you have to be still current to get your GC.
      On switching jobs -- if your I-140 approved and if your I-485 pending for 180 days or more and if you have your EAD, you can switch to same or similar job and maintain your GC application by filing AC 21.

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  50. Excerpt from Oh law firm's site

    "What it means:
    More people will be able to apply for I-485/I-765/I-131 now. However, approval of their I-485 may take time because of the potential slow-down or backward movement of the visa numbers ahead, sometime in 2014.
    Those with pending EB-485 may be adjudicated fairly quickly because in all likelihoold, their cases could have been preadjudicated. If they are served with RFEs, unless they can send in responses very quickly, they will potentially face a long wait for the visa number backward movement"

    Can we assume that even if porting happens,there is a processing time that still applies to ported and new applications. Can we expect that the dates would still move in the next few months.

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    1. As far as my understanding goes, you should get your GC in about 3 months after you file I-485 and if the your priority date is still current.
      At this point, it looks like they will retrogress the dates in Oct 2013. We have to wait and see what strategy DOS will use.

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  51. Hi Ambals
    Thank you for your great posts.My pd is 28 Feb 2008,eb2i.Got ead.any chance of become current in September bulletin?

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  52. Ganesh & Aditi,

    Great job in keeping up with the predictions and posting. Our hopes were dashed by the retrogressed dates in the July 2013 bulletin but has lifted once again with forward movement in the Aug 2013 visa bulletin. Hopefully many people are happy to finally received after nearly a decade on EB3 and then roll over to EB2. Keep up the good work.

    'Remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.' - Shawshank Redemption

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  53. my priority date is october 29 2007 EB2 replied to RFE in April 2012 on I485 university name. My case status says RFE response is in review since last month.
    Does this mean I should get my green card before end of august or they will process porting applications before me?

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    1. If there are no more enquiry, then yes, you should get you GC by end of August.

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  54. My PD is March 26th 08. I wanted to ask if you have any idea whether if dates do not move forward in the next bulletin and then retrogress then is there any possibility that dates will open up after oct 2013 .
    I believe I may not be that far in the line as 1 jan 2008 has opened up. Will I make it in the yearly 3000 visa quota for eb2 ?

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    1. My calculations say, you will become current next bulletin. If the dates doesnot move next month, my guess is, it will retrogress to earlier date in oct and will come back to your date in July 2014. But, we have to wait and watch what DOS is going to actually do.

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  55. How much time does it take currently for PERM prep and labor approval?

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    1. PERM prep time is totally dependent on your company HR and lawyer. 3 months to 3 years.
      The labor approval trend is 6 months now -- you can check that here -- http://icert.doleta.gov/

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  56. My H1b expired on Oct 1, 2012. On Sep 20, 2012 I filed for my H4 extension and got recepit on Sep 28, 2012. My H4 approval notice shows H4 is valid from Dec 12, 2012 to 2015.

    Was I out of status from Oct 1, 2012 to Dec 12? Or am I O.K. since I filed H4 before my H1 expired, I should be fine and the receipt date shows Sept 26,2012?

    Thank You for your assistance.

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    1. I am not sure. You should consult an immigration lawyer and specifically ask about your case.

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  57. Ambals - In the G-325 form, it asks for mother's maiden name.Both first and last names were changed after marriage and I dont have proof. Should we just use post marriage first and last names for mother ? OR should I put maiden names ? What supporting docs will USICS need ?

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    1. I am not sure. You should consult an immigration lawyer and ask specifically about your case.

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  58. USCIS Should Stop EB3 to EB2 Porting

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    1. They should stop fake EB1(C) and fake Indian employess. nothing wrong in EB3 to EB2 porting.

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    2. No USCIS should give GC to you first, then to anyone in the Queue.

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  59. Is there a way to find out by calling USCIS whether my GC has been pre-adjudicated?

    My priority date is EB2I February 2007. This date did become current a couple of times over the last six years and I filed my I-485 the first time it became current. It seems like they did not get around to approving it the last couple of times. I have EAD and AP.

    Thanks!

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    1. This time u will get your GC

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    2. You can call USCIS or send an email. Check this: http://www.trackitt.com/usa-discussion-forums/i485-eb/1260198661/eb3-to-eb2-porters-only-current-in-august-bulletin-join-here

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  60. Thank you for a great blog. There is a lot of discussion here on GC approvals, but the expectation is that it will only be current for 2 months. For people that are already on the EAD and AP, another fingerprinting and medical request will mean the same status quo and these will take a few months. What are your thoughts?

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    1. True. That is what it looks like at this point.

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  61. Predictions for future bulletins
    Sep 2013 VB: Feb-2008
    Oct 2013 VB: Sep-2007
    Nov 2013 VB: Mar-2005
    Dec 2013 VB: Mar-2005
    Jan 2014 VB: Apr-2005
    Feb 2014 VB: Apr-2005
    Mar 2014 VB: May-2005
    Apr 2014 VB: May-2005
    May 2014 VB: Jun-2005
    June 2014 VB: Jun-2005
    July 2014 VB: July-2005
    Aug 2014 VB: Jan-2009

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    1. Did you go to the lotto and pick these numbers up :-)

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  62. Hi Ambals,
    Thanks for the great selfless service.
    I have a question- my PD is Jan 17 2008, EB2 India.I thus missed out by few days when the bulletin was out y'day.

    Hopefully, if they open up the dates further in the next bulletin and say it is at 15 Jan 2008. Will I be eligible? Some blog says I would be considering eligibility applies for the whole week of 15 Jan i.e 15 to 22. Is that correct? Or I need to wait till the cut off date goes technically past Jan 17 2008. Do you know for sure which way is it?

    Thanks,
    Parth

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    1. It is very clear. If the date is 01-JAN-08, everyone with a priority date before that is eligible to apply. So, even those with a priority date of 01-JAN-08 cannot apply.

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  63. My guess is in Sep Visa bulletin eb2 india date will move to 01-Feb-08.

    Eb2 india is getting spillover visa numbers somewhere around 12,000 to 14,000. There are already about 8,000 I485 applications pending before 01-Jan-08. On Aug 1st, i guess there will be about 3,000 new eb2 I485 applications. This will bring the numbers close to 11,000.

    In the month of Jan 08, there is already 1,146 pending I485 applications, so my guess is they may not move the date beyond 01-Feb-08.

    For every month in 2008, there are more than 1,000 I485 applications. So even if we get 15,000 to 20,000 spill overs next year, eb2 PD will not move to 2009 by next year.

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    1. Only thing is, whoever files I-485 now, may not come in the calculation as it will take 3 months or more for their case to be approved. But, there are folks who are replying to RFE, they are not yet pre-adjudicated, they will be in August.

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    2. As of 01-Jan-13, there are about 8000 pending I485, and as of 02-Apr-13 there are about 8500, may be as of now pending I485 would be around 9000.

      Assuming all 9000 gets their GC in Aug, still there will be about 3000 to 4000 unused visa numbers, so you think the dates may move 3-4 months further in Sep to fully utilize FY 2013 numbers? May be it is possible.

      Then probably in Nov/Dec they may retrogress?

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    3. As of 01-Jan-13, there were about 8000 pending I485 with PD before 1-Jan-08, and as of 02-Apr-13, that number increased to 8500.

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  64. MY PD date is MArch 2007 (EB2), how long will it take to get my GC ...just curious.
    Thanks
    Aj

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    1. If you have already applied for I-485 and there are no queries, then you should get by end of August.

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    2. Mine was filed in EB3 back in 2006, I moved it to EB2 and used my old PD date MArch 2007. I had filed my I485 back then and have been using my EAD ever since. I have not got any Queries.

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  65. Hi, In june 2013 demand data, it shows that for jan 1 2009, the demand is 24200. What does this mean? Is this demand between Jan 2008 to jan 2009 ? or is this demand between jan 2005-jan 2009 ?

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    1. If you see the left most column, it says "Cumulative Demand prior to". So, it is all the pre-adjudicated applications, that have priority date prior to 01-JAN-2009 is 24,200.

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  66. Hi, I filed my I140 and I485 concurrently (EB2) in 2007 and my PD is July 2007. My PD became current in November 2011 but I didn't get my GC and the dates retrogressed. Now that it has become current in the August bulletin, is it reasonable to expect to receive the GC in August?

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    1. Yes. But, it is better if you call USCIS and check if you case is pre-adjudicated. Only because you missed it last time.

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  67. It is all possible the dates may remain as it is for another few months? As eb2 china is 2008 for a while. ..can we file today or have ti waite till aug first?

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    1. It is totally possible for it to stay the same. But, at this time, I think it will retrogress. We have to wait and watch.

      You can apply only on Aug 1, once your priority date becomes current.

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  68. My PD is 2009 July Eb2I. How long for it to become current?

    Thank You

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    1. Let us wait and see how far it goes in next VB. That will give a better idea if July 2009 will become current in 2014 or not.

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    2. There are chances for Visa Bulletin to remain the same for another 4 months with 2008 I think it is fairly possible because immigration site says the bulletin may change sometime in 2014 fiscal year I am asking this question because that there is a possibility of having a green card approved in 3 months. Do you think that if I reach out to Senate office in first week of August after I file my 485 application that they may expedite the process and I can have my GC approved in a few months

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    3. It is very possible to stay the same 4 months.

      They need at-least 60 days to process. So, if it is current after 60 days, then, I would contact -- senator office and USCIS.

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  69. I have the LC and I-140 approved (under EB2 PD SEP2008).

    What if the company I am working for gives me a promotion. Would it affect my GC process? I am currently Senior SW Engineer and the company is considering me for the Principal SW Engineer position.

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    1. I am not sure. It is best to consult an immigration lawyer, show him the future job description and ask him to compare against LCA job description and ask him what has to be done.

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  70. Thank You Ambals.

    Natasha

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  71. Since the recession started around end of 2008 and lasted for the entire 2009 there were many people fired and didn't apply for GC or went back not just Indians but other citizens as well. Do you foresee moving of priority dates drastically in FY 2014?

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  72. Hello..once you file the thw last step..when can we expect the finger prints letter by?

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    1. Oh ok..I had a friend whi received in 2 weeks. .is it possible?

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  73. How do we know if our case is pre-adjudicated.

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  74. I called USCIS and they confirmed that my case is pre-adjudicated. I am not sure if my attorney had submitted the inter-filing when I ported from EB3 to EB2. Any chance getting a RFE due to this?

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    1. If it is pre-adjudicated, you should be good. Can you please tell everyone, what number you called and what you asked ?

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    2. I'm in the same boat as you. As per my attorney inter-filing request can only be submitted when your PD is current, in this case on or after 1st Aug 2013.

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  75. If there was no RFE, does that mean the case is pre adjucated? Last time I called USCIS (march 2012), I was informed the case was with a immigration officer. I assume the case was still being worked on even after the dates retrogressed. I also got a an extension for EAD/AP . If the case was not pre-adjucated or had some issues, EAD renewal is not possible right? Your thoughts please.

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    1. No. You should email or call and check if it pre-adjudicated or not.
      EAD/AP extension has no-relevance to it.

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  76. Thanks for the quick reply. I had called 1-800-375-5283 and asked them for status of my I485 application. They took my information and then I got a letter via USPS in 2 weeks.

    The key point is you need to call only after what they term to be "outside normal" processing time. They will only open a query if your case is deemed to be such by the agent.

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    1. I called the number as well. But the option to check status is an automated message. What menu option numbers did you pick to actually speak to a customer service rep? Thanks.

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  77. Hi. Can someone tell what is the Alien registration number? Jyst going through the 485 app form

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    1. For I-485 application, use the number that starts with A on your I-140 approval.

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    2. Thank you. ..what about other forms? Also...my company never shared the the I40 approval

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    3. I mean all I-485 and related forms for Green Card application, it is better to use the same A number.
      Very strictly speaking, A number is the one they give you first time you enter US and it should maintain in your I-94 every time, you go out of country and come back. But, that is not always the case.

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  78. Oh when I did my medical todayd..I left that form I 639 - A number empty. .will that be an issues? Also when yiu type in the I 94 number it doesn't take that at all..

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  79. Can H4B Visa holder work? Has Senate/High court approved that Bill?

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  80. Hi, I have EAD and my I485 is pending. I have a couple of qns: when my pri date becomes current how long would it take for USCIS to approve my case and I get my GC? What if date retrogresses again the very next month(the month after the date became current), would it impact my i485?

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  81. Hi, does the case status change to Pre-adjudicated or waiting for visa number once the RFE response is addressed/approved? Or should I call USCIS to get a specific response?

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  82. Hi ambals, thanks for all the help. My PD is sep 2009 and I got my EAD & AP last year. Do I need to do medical and fingerprinting again when my PD becomes current ?

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  83. MY PD is Feb'10. Filed 485 in March 2012, currently have EAD/AP. Are there chances of my case being pre-adjudicated yet? Any idea when my PD will get current? Thanks

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  84. hi Ambals,

    Can you please post your thoughts on the potential retrogression in Oct 2013 or soon after ? how far back the dates are likely to go and how long will it stay there ?

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  85. My PD is Jan 2011. Any Idea when will I get EAD.

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  86. my category is f4.india
    pd:1st august 2001...when will my pd become current?

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  87. Thank you Ambals ....

    Also, check http://www.myprioritydate.com/ to estimate when the PD becomes current .... :)

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  88. Thanks Ambals for a great blog and more informational about priority dates.
    I have a question about total spill over numbers available for EB2 this year. Is USCIS publishes these numbers or needs to be derived from different sets of information that USCIS publishes?

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