November 2013 Visa Bulletin was released earlier today.
Date for EB2 India is 15 JUN 08 and EB2 China is 08 OCT 08. The cut-off for all other EB2 countries are Current.
EB2 China keeps moving forward.
As expected, the dates stay the same for EB2 India.I think it is a good news.
Now, the question is what will happen in the next visa bulletin for EB2 India. I think there are 2 options. One, it will stay as it is. Two, it can retrogress back. I believe DOS has a cut off, little about the regular monthly approvals, say about 400 porting applications per month. If it crosses this number, they will move back the dates. Depending on the dates of the applicants who are porting - anywhere between 01 SEP 04 to 01 JAN 08. But, I feel it will stay the same.
Cut-off dates for EB3 India is 22 SEP 03 and EB3 China is 01 OCT 10.
I thought, the EB3 India date will at-least move this month. But, for some reason, DOS has kept it the same. Comparing the numbers for applicants with priority date prior to Jan 1, 2005 -- the new Demand Data and the I-485 pending inventory released in July -- have very similar number. That makes me believe, DOS and USCIS are still consolidating the number of porting from EB3 India to EB2 India. I am hoping once that is done, the dates for EB3 India will move foreward.
The new demand data was released yesterday. It has some interesting information.
First, the total number of visas is 148,000 instead of regular 140,000 and the last year 158,000. It seems like FY 13 spill over from FB has already been applied to FY 14 Employment based demand and that number is 8,000. Even though, it has reduced from 18,000 last year to 8,000 current year, it is a good news that there is some.
Second, all the EB2 numbers has been consolidated to Jan 1, 2009 or prior. For EB2 India it is 9,000.
Third, they indicate that whoever didn't get the Green Card for FY 13 and the date is current, will likely get it this month if everything is good.
You can see offical November 2013 Visa Bulletin here - http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_6168.html
You can see the offical Demand Data here - http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/EmploymentDemandUsedForCutOffDates.pdf