Friday, November 8, 2013

December 2013 Visa Bulletin and Analysis


December 2013 Visa Bulletin was released earlier today. 

EB2:

Date for EB2 India is 15 NOV 04 and EB2 China is 08 NOV 08. The cut-off for all other EB2 countries are Current.

The good news is EB2 China keeps moving forward. 

As confirmed by lot of law firm websites, earlier this month, the date for EB2 India has retrogressed back. 

Looks like DOS has a new strategy this time. They kept the dates the same for first couple of months this FY. Then, now they have moved it back.

At this point, I think it is going to stay the same till June 2014 Visa Bulletin and it might start moving big from July 2014. But, we will keep a watch and see what other strategies DOS has in place.

EB3:

Cut-off dates for EB3 India is 01 SEP 03 and EB3 PHILIPPINES is 08 JAN 07 and all other countries is 01 OCT 11. 

Good news here is all countries except India and Philippines are at 01 OCT 11.

I thought, the EB3 India date will at-least move this month. But, for some reason, DOS has moved the date back. From the inventory data, they have 1637 applications pending for 2003 alone. That explains why the date is 01 SEP 03 as for the whole FY they can give only 2962 GCs for EB3 India. 

There is no porting in-flow for EB3 India and they know the I-485 inventory. Given this, I am very surprised they moved the dates to 22 SEP 03 and now moved it back. It makes sense for EB2, but it does not makes sense to me for EB3.

Demand Data:
There is no demand data yet. We will keep a watch on that.

Links:
You can see official December 2013 Visa Bulletin here - http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_6211.html
You can see the official Demand Data here - http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/EmploymentDemandUsedForCutOffDates.pdf

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210 comments:

  1. Ambals
    Thanks for the analysis. I saw December VISA bulletin retrogressed to 2004 for EB2 india. My PD was May 2008 and 485 and EAD was filed on 27th September.

    I was wondering how retrogress affects Green card ? Do I need to wait till dates get current again ? Will I get EAD or that waits too ?

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    1. EAD/AP -- comes regular time, say within 60 days irrespective of the dates.
      GC -- If it does not come in November, you might have to wait till it becomes current again.

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    2. Thanks. I am scheduled for fingerprint on 15th. Is biometric needed for EAD or GC

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  2. Ambals,
    Thanks a lot for the service. My I-485 receipt date is Sep 12th and had my FP on Oct 28th. Also received my EAD/AP on Oct 22nd. What chances of getting GC by end of Nov? If not what is the procedure? Will the I-485 get approved and wait for visa number to get GC or I-485 itself need the visa number?

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    1. I-485 approval means GC. So, you have slight chance of getting by end of this month. If not, hopefully July 2014 for EB2 India.

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  3. Good analysis Ambals..I guess they are giving some approximate number to the derivatives vias also..Thus they would have made the EB3 priority date calculation ,taking into account the approximate/probable Derivative visa also..

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  4. Need your advise please..I am in India and have applied for EB3 GC from India from US consultant and my PD is May 2004 ...when it would become current(prediction)?...whatz next steps and formalities after my PD becomes current? How long to get EAD?...have wife and twin's and if I apply I 485 adjustment how long it would take for them to get GC? Please advise..

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    1. Sorry. I saw your message. But couldn't reply earlier. At this point there are about 7500 folks from 01 Sept 2003 to 31 may 2004, which equates to another 2.5 years. So, it totally depends on how many folks port to EB2.

      From, India I am not sure what the formalities are. If it is a regular I-485 route, if you have not yet applied, you can apply for I-485 once the PD becomes current, and then within 90 days you should get your approval.

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    2. Thanks Ambals...For providing such a insight..2.5yrs from now looks too long... If Immigration bill passes,
      any chance of pd become current earlier?

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    3. If the current bill gets passed, it might come as early as Oct 2014.

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  5. Ambals - This is the first blog, I ever visit after the VB is released. Really thank you very much for your help and educating the to be gc community...

    Thanks,
    Raja

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  6. Hi Ambals - My PD is mid of March 2004 and am in EB3i category. When do you think I will get my GC? Thanks in advance.

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    1. At this time it looks like another 2 years.

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  7. Ambals - thanks for the analysis. Will EB3 India move to 2004 by the end of 2014 FY

    Thanks

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    1. Yes. At this rate it will go till Jan 2014.

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  8. Hi Ambals,

    Your prediction seems to be very accurate.

    My EB2 PD is March 2009, what would be best possible month/year I can expect the dates to be current for my case (March,2009).

    Thanks..!!

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    1. For EB2 India, it is possible to become current in August 2014.

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    2. Current for all eb2 india or current for march 2009. Thanks. As others have mentioned. This is 1st place I visit after vb is realesed

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  9. Ambal, thanks a lot for helping people on GC info. I have a ques. The 145 pending inventory got released and only 11K visas got reduced from the Oct 2013 EB-2 india inventory. Every year oct the pending inventory list used to get 15k reduced but this oct 2013 only 11k got reduced. And we also got the 18K unused visas from Family based got moved to Employment based what happened to those visas? Are they going to give it from Jan 2014. I am just curious to know about those 18K visas as EB-2 would get at least 10K more visas. your opinion would be appreciated.

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    1. Yes. I have my own reservations on that data. If you see EB3 India, the number actually increased for 2004.
      Let me dig through deeper and get back.

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    1. Current trend is 6 years from your priority date for India.

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  11. At this speed of movement, it would take forever to get GC. Terrible immigration system of this county...

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  12. All employers are minting money with this type of movement.

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  13. Ambals
    Thanks for the post. I have my fingerprint tomorrow for EB2. Will USCIS process my case after that or put it on shelves and wait for dates to open again.

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  14. Hi Ambals,

    as every one mentioned this is the first blog I also go through immediately after every month Visa bulletin. Thanks a lot for your predictions. My PD is April 15th 2009 in EB2 Category for India. When can I expect my Date to be current? Last time I have missed my priority date when it came to 2010 and this time I want to be ready. Thanks again for your quick reply.

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    1. There is a possibility it might become current in August 2014.

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  15. Thanks for your work and analysis. Any guess on EB2 Indian becoming current for July 2009? Will Dec\Jan\Feb inventory and demand data will help you to accurately predict the dates for FY 2014? Appreciate your help and please keep up the good work.

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    1. There is a possibility it might become current in August 2014.

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  16. Hi Ambals,
    You are doing a great job in analyzing the bulletin. My priority date is June 30th 2008. Last time when it moved to June 15th, we missed it by 15 days. When do you think my date would be current? Your prediction will be highly appreciated.

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  17. Hello Ambals,

    Would you predict when the PD for Dec 20th 2012 EB2 India will become current? Also, if CIR passes, when would that be too. I'm predicting a long time without CIR but would like to hear from you.

    Thank you.

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    1. At current trend, for EB2 India, it takes around 6 years from your priority date to get GC.
      If CIR passes in current form, you might get in 2 years.

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    2. Hi can you please help as to how to contact senator and how to request. How to find senator contact info? I had my FP on Oct 28th.

      Thanks

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    3. Which state do you live in ?

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  18. Hi Ambals,

    I have been following this blog for 4 months now and you are doing great work.

    When can I expect my green card?

    My case details:
    Center: TSC
    Receipt Date: 09/03
    FP Date: 10/01
    EAD Approval Date: 10/19

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    1. Assuming, you are EB2 India, there is possibility you will get this month. If not, mostly July 2014.

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  19. Hello Ambals,

    Just wanted to report back and thank you for your help. I frequented your blogs a lot to get info on the GC Situation. My priority date is Jan 08, 08.. I had been waiting for my GC for a while...became current in Sept and no news from USCIS till end of Sept. Then contacted Senator's office (on Sept 30,2013) for help and finally got GC on Oct 18th.
    My feeling is DOS kept the dates current for couple of months to grant GC for most people till June 08 and then retrogressed back.

    Anyways...thanks for all your help. I appreciate it. All the best to others.

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  20. Hello, you're doing a great job by helping people like us. I have a question. My PD is 11/5/2012 for EB2 so what's your prediction? My application got approved so far.

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    1. At current trend, for EB2 India, it takes around 6 years from your priority date to get GC.

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  21. Hello Ambals, my PD is Dec 1 2003 for EB3 India. When do you think it will be current?

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    1. I am still trying to figure out why DOS moved back the dates. That aside, there are about 2100 applicants in front of you. So about July 2014. If there is more porting, it will be earlier.

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  22. Hello Ambals, My PD is 02/10/2010 on EB2, last time i missed to file 485. please let me know when my PD will become current.

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    1. At current rate, for EB2 India, around 6 years from your priority date.

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  23. Hello Ambals... I am following your blog from last six months... my PD is Oct 2011, India I know it's look hard to be current in near future.... but what if Immigration reform pass by this year and which means they have only 24 working days... what's your call... and if they don't use unused quota from past years for other country or XYZ... still that will going to help us to make all things faster... and reduce time... one more thing do you think EB 2 will be current any time sooner...
    your expertise counts... thanks

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    1. At current rate, for EB2 India, around 6 years from your priority date.
      CIR can be passed anytime till Jan 3, 2015 at current bill form.

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  24. Hello Ambals, Thanks a lot for such an insight. My PD is January 2011. When do you think my PD will become current?

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    1. At current rate, for EB2 India, around 6 years from your priority date.

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  25. Hi Ambals, Thanks for all the information and analysis.

    My PD is Dec 2006, I-485 Notice date is 8/20 (Nebraska) and FP on 10/3. I got my EAD+AP approved on 10/21. But I am still waiting for the 485.

    On 11/8, my 485 status changed from "Acceptance" to "Initial Review" indicating that my name correction has been made (This correction is valid by the way). But, does this mean that only on that day my background check/actual processing has begun? Could I have been assigned a visa number already?

    Please throw some light on this. I'd really appreciate any feedback. Thanks much.

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    1. Don't worry much about status change. If you have not already done, call USCIS and check what is happening. Also, contact your local congressman or Senator's office and ask them to check the status of your application.
      You still have chance to get GC before the end of this month.

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    2. Thanks Ambals. I really appreciate your reply.

      Today, the status of my application changed to RFE. I am still waiting for the RFE notice. But I am glad that it is atleast being processed. Can you please tell me if they would have assigned a visa number already to my application or not yet?

      Thanks much.

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  26. Hello Ambals. You are doing an awesome job by helping people like me. My PD is Jan 5th 2011 for EB2. So please let me know what is your prediction for the date to be current for me.

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    1. At current rate, for EB2 India, around 6 years from your priority date.

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  27. Hi Ambals,

    I'm EB-3 Philippines and my PD is September 2007. When do you think my PD will become current?

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    1. According to latest inventory data, there are about 2136 applications in front of you, depending on your exact date. If they give 246 visas every month, then you should become current about July 2014. It might be earlier if the DOS decides to open up and get more application when they come closer to August 2007 date.

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  28. Hi Ambals,
    My PD is 12-Jun-08 and my FP is done on 18-Oct-13 and I got my EAD and AP. Will there be any chance of getting my GC before this month? I appreciate if you could throw some insights.

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    1. Yes. There is still a chance. If not, mostly, July 2014.

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  29. Hi Ambals, My PD is sept,2007. My GC is approved on 8/11/13 but wife's GC is still pending. Dates are retrogressed now. Should I contact senator or any local officer for this and how to do it. I havent received GC card yet by mail.

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    1. Yes. First, you should call USCIS and ask why you have not received your GC yet after 60 days. You should also ask about your wife's GC status.
      Second, you should contact the senator's office and ask them to check on behalf of you on both the issues.
      Which state do you live in ?

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    2. This is a not the original person..but I have similar issue..I am in Arizona...Can you pls let me know Whom to contact and how..?? Mcain was presidential candidate..Will his office have time for me..???

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    3. Try this -- http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=casework
      You can call the number and ask if they can enquire about your case status or you can fill the privacy release form and attach a letter with I-485 numbers and information and fax it to the number on the form.

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    4. Thanks Ambals for taking time to reply with Senators Info. Fortunately,today I received the I-485 approval even though I had drafted the mail and was ready to mail ..I would like to appreciate the info provided in your blog specially related to the affidavit,demand data ,senators appl process etc..it really helped me also..I am not sure whether you have received your GC or not..But if you are maintaining this blog even after receiving GC..them you are really great and doing a Great Service..Thanks again..and Best Wishes in life..

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  30. Hi,
    My PD is September 2010, EB2. Is there any chance of getting EAD anytime in near future? I know that to get GC we need to wait until 2016/17.

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    1. If you see the I-485 inventory, they have 32,000+ applications for EB2 India and they have numbers till April 2010. When the priority dates in visa bulletin, comes closer to April 2010, they will open it up again. So, Mid-2015 you might get EAD. It is all too early to tell at this point. We will see how it goes.
      Hopefully, an immigration bill will get GC for everyone next year.

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    2. Thank you both of you... Your question & Ambals ans. I am also in same boat. Thanks again.... Hope CIR make us smile soon..... Hope.......

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  31. Hello,
    My PD is November 2003 eb 3 India. I am considering porting to eb 2 I. Would you advice me to port or just wait it out. Do you think dates would retrogress further. When do you see dates being current.
    Thank you.

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    1. If you have not yet started LC PERM process for EB2 India, it is probably best to wait. My guess is you should become current July 2014. On the other hand, the PERM process itself will take more than an year.

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  32. Hello Ambals,

    My priority date is 16th December Eb3 India. How many applicants ahead of me? How can you see that number? is it available online through some link? And how many visas left for EB3 india for FY 2014?

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    1. Link is here -- http://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-through-job/previous-pending-employment-based-i-485-inventory/pending-employment-based-i-485-inventory
      According to last demand data, there will be atleast 2962 GCs for EB3 India for FY 2014.

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    2. Thanks for the link. I forgot to write a year on my PD. .its 16th december 2003 EB3 india..with your experience and reading the numbers available, what can be my expected date to get GC

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  33. Hi Ambals.
    Thanks for the excellent job.
    My priority date is 08/11 and have my I-140 approved. If I go out of the U.S. for next few years, can I use the same PD on return for a fresh PERM process?
    Thanks.

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    1. It is a grey area. It is better to check with an immigration lawyer.

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  34. hi my pd is July 2007 eb3 Philippines.When it will become current?

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    1. Hi Ambals,
      Thanks a lot for info here. My PD is Spet 22,2003 for EB3. When will this be current?

      Thanks

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    2. For EB3 Philippines, July 2007 -- hopefully July 2014 it will become current.

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    3. For EB3 India, Sept 22, 2003 -- I was hoping it will become current last month. But, DOS decided to move the dates back and they predict no movement now. I am hoping they will make it current in March 2014.

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  35. Hello,
    My PD is July/2010. When do you think I may be eligible for I-485 filing?

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    1. At this point it is tough to guess the I-485 filing date. Current trend is around 6 years from your PD for getting GC for EB2 India.

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  36. I cant believe there is a moron like you to write stuff up like this.

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  37. Hello,
    Kudos on the good work. I'm in a strange situation and could not find much online so would appreciate any advice - my PD is May 2006 and filed my 485 in 2007(Nebraska). It got approved and I got my GC at the end of October 2013.
    My wife's 485 was filed with Texas SC in August 2013 and she got her FP done and received her EAD/AP in October. However, there has been no change to her 485 status since August and it still says Acceptance. Contacting USCIS did not provide much visibility and now the dates will retrogress.

    Any ideas on what to do? Is anyone else in a similar situation?

    Thanks.

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    1. You can fix appointment online and go to local USCIS office and check what is happening -- http://infopass.uscis.gov/
      You can email -- tsc.ncscfollowup@dhs.gov
      You can also contact your local congressman or senator's office and ask them to check the status.

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  38. I have been silent follower of this blog. Really appreciate your perspective.
    Here's my story. First time filer is Sept'13. Me and my wife both of us received our GCs in 60 days. Thanks a lot for your awesome blog.
    PD: 2/2008
    Notice Date: 9/6/2013
    FP: 9/24/2013
    EAD/AP: 10/18/2013
    I-485: 11/2/2013
    GC: 11/8/2013

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    1. Congrats. What is the service center and did you do early walkin?

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  39. Hi, My H1-B is valid till 2015, Is it good to stay on H1 status even after receiving EAD? Or Can primary be on H1 status while dependent(Currently on H4 status) is working on EAD...is it true that if dependent starts working on EAD, primary has to move to EAD status?

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    1. It is better to ask an immigration lawyer and get his opinion.

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  40. My EB3 PD is July 2003 and its been current since the August bulletin but for some reason I have not heard anything yet. Is this normal?

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    1. No. You should call USCIS and check what is happening.

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    2. I did not contacted USCIS and opened a SR many weeks back but have not heard anything :(.. any other suggestions?

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  41. Is it required that we contact the local senators office for checking our application status only when our date is current. Like, my priority date is Aug 08 and I filed 485 in 2012 and now the dates are retrogressed. Can I still contact the senators office to check on my case status with USCIS

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    1. You can contact anytime. If your date is not current, they will send a reply saying your date is not current. If your date is current, they will look at your file and tell why it is stuck and not processed. So, it is makes more sense to do it when it is current.

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  42. Can you please answer me? My priority date is sept 2011- eb3. Should I port to eb2 or wait for immigration reform?
    If I don't port And if immigration reform does not pass, when will 2011 be current for eb3? Thanks in advance.

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    1. Yes. Please try to port to EB2. It is going to be a long wait for sept 2011 EB3 India.
      At this point there is no progress on immigration reform side.

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  43. Thank you very much for your timely insights. I have been following your blog for the past few years as I wait for my PD to become current. My PD is eb2 India end of month October 2009. I was wondering if you could please advise as to when the PD may become current again? Thank you

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    1. There is a possibility to become current in Sept 2014.

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  44. Since lot of folks are porting from EB3 to EB2 in recent months , do you think that EB3 priority date will move significantly in coming months ?.

    My priority date is Eb3 , June 2008 , India.

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    1. I don't think there will be significant movement.
      If you see the I-485 pending inventory, there are 34,336 I-485 applicants waiting in EB3 India category who has priority date before 01 Sept 2007. You need lot of porting for that number to clear out or move forward.
      Even if you assume 5000 porting per year + 3000 regular EB3 India GCs, we are talking 4+ years to clear that. Then, we need to see the inventory for another 10 months before your PD.

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  45. How do we contact the local senators office. Is it better by phone/fax/person. And I am in TX, who and where do i find their contact information?

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    1. http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Forms

      There is an immigration privacy release form, fill that, sign it, attach a letter with your I-485 number and other details and your dependents details. Fax it to the number on that form.

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  46. How do we contact congress men at Los Angeles -90066 for 485 enquiries?

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    1. Go here and type your address and find the congress rep. go their website, you should see privacy release form -- http://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep?ZIP=90066&Submit=FIND+YOUR+REP+BY+ZIP

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    2. You can also try senator's office.
      http://www.boxer.senate.gov/en/services/assistance/upload/Boxer-Privacy-Release-Form.pdf
      Fill that form, sign and attach a letter with all your details -- I-485 number, priority date, country, EB2/3, dependents information and fax it or mail it to the address on the form.

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  47. hello Ambals, i have been a silent spectator to your blog. you are doing a highly commendable job. i have a question..do you think that there are any chances of the EB2 priority date to be current in another 2 years? The reason am asking is my PD is May 2011. I am planning to shift my job which would lead to porting labor, I140, etc that would take another 1 or 2 years. Per the current trend, it would take 6 years from my PD. But before that is there any vague possibility that eb2 can be current in next 2 years? can you please throw your suggestion accordingly i can think of planning to shift my job or not. Appreciate your inputs.

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    1. If you see the latest inventory, there are about 32,000 applicants before 01 May 2010 priority date for EB2 India. When they come closer to clearing this, they will open up again for more inventory. Plus there is porting from EB3 to EB2. So, you are right, it will take more than 2 years to open up.
      Consult a good immigration lawyer before you move job if you have not filed I-485 yet.

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  48. How do we contact congress men at Santa Clara area 95054? Your help is much appreciated. Thanks.

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    1. You can also try senator's office.
      http://www.boxer.senate.gov/en/services/assistance/upload/Boxer-Privacy-Release-Form.pdf
      Fill that form, sign and attach a letter with all your details -- I-485 number, priority date, country, EB2/3, dependents information and fax it or mail it to the address on the form.

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  49. Hi ambals,

    Pd is jan 2009 on eb2i. I have my ead/ap valid until 4/2015.

    Question: my i94 granted as a parolee expires 12/2013.. should I do anything to extend it or ap/ead validity into 2015 should suffice?

    Thanks

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    1. I think you should be good. But, it is best to check with your immigration lawyer.

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  50. It looks like the immigration bill is laid to rest for over , lets all stop dreaming and do the same thing we are doing like waiting in the line for eveeeeeerrrrrr

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    1. Very sad indeed.
      http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/13/boehner-rules-out-immigration-reform-this-year/?hpt=hp_t2

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  51. Hi Ambals,

    Thanks for your wonderful work. You are doing a great job maintaining this blog. My details:

    priority date: mar 2008
    applied for 485 on sep 3rd 2013
    got ead and ap on oct 11th
    fingerprinting done on oct 9th 2013

    Today I checked the status of my 485 online and this is what I see:

    we transferred your I485, APPLICATION TO REGISTER PERMANENT RESIDENCE OR TO ADJUST STATUS, to your local USCIS Office for further processing. The new office has jurisdiction over your case and will send you a decision as soon as processing is complete or you will be notified if further information or action is needed.

    What does this mean? Do I have a chance of getting 485 approved by this month end? Thanks.

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    1. Hopefully you got your GC. If not, check with your local office on the status.

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  52. Hi Ambals,
    Thank you for keeping us all sane throughout this process. I want to give an update for readers' benefit. I received text message from USCIS saying my 485 is approved. Same for child. But no update for spouse (not even EAD/AP).
    EB2I
    PD: 6/4/08
    RD: 9/4/13
    FP: 10/2/13
    EAD/AP: 10/21/13 (self), 11/12 (child)
    485: 11/13/13 (self and child)

    Thank you again.

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    1. Congrats and Good Luck !

      You should call USCIS and check about your wife's status. You can even fix an appointment and go to local USCIS office.

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  53. Hi ambal, just want to know your opinion as to when my pd 0ct 2007 eb3 philippines will be current. Tnx

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  54. My PD is Aug 08 in EB2, when can i expect my date to be current

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  55. Eb2i
    PD: may 5th 2008
    RD: sept 25th 2013
    FP: oct 18th 2013.
    EAD: nov 1st 2013.
    I485: acceptance status

    Any chance of getting gc this month?
    Is it ok to contact congressmen to check status on my i485 or is it too early?

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    1. I have an earlier PD/RD/FP date than you, but my EAD got approved ~10 days later than you and I also have my I485 in acceptance status. I have already contacted congressmen and it doesn't seem to have any effect. They are telling me things that are obvious/we already know.
      Someone says he got his GC in 60 days and it's been >75 days for me since I applied. So, it all varies from person to person.

      Just hope that something turns out before the end of this month.

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    2. Thanks for sharing ur experience.
      Lets hope we get approval this month.

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    3. Yes. There is still a chance. Please do check your through local congressman or senator.

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  56. Got an RFE for my wife's application... stating "USCIS records show that you have a pending Form I-485; however we are unable to locate the underlying immigrant petition associated with your application for adjustment of status.

    Submit evidence such as copy of an I-797C receipt notice, that you have properly filed an underlying petition.

    Please lt me know what are all the documents I need to submit to USCIS...Is this common?

    Thanks

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    1. No. Very Weird. Please check with your immigration lawyer on what it means and how to proceed.

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  57. Hi,

    Thanks for your work.

    If the Immigration bill passes next summer(around may 2014) say, when will it take into effect. Does the country cap removal and all comes in from Oct-2014?

    Thanks!

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    1. As per current bill, yes, 1-oct-2014.

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  58. Hello Ambals

    My priority date is Eb3 India feb 2008. At the current pace when can I expect the priority date to get current. Is eb2 porting a good option for my case . Kindly suggest

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  59. For a EB3I PD 22nd Mar 2005, does it make sense to port to EB2 now? I know it takes anywhere from 12-18 months for the new labor/I-140 etc.

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    1. Yes. If you can do porting, please do start the process.

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  60. With ongoing number of EB3 porting cases and thousands of EB1C usage, do you still think EB2 I -Feb 2009 will be current in Aug 2014?

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    1. Yes. As of now, I still think it is a possibility.

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    2. Now I see more EB1-C than EB3 porting, loosing hope each day passing by. With small possibility of Feb 09-EB2 India in Aug 2014, do you thinnk it is good idea to work for MNC in India for a year and come back with EB1-C? Or wait here another 2 year?

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  61. I have crossed labor and I-140 in eb2. Only 1.5 years left to complete my 6 years cap. Is it ok to take a new job and restart my gc process? My PD is Aug-2012. Is there a chance of my PD can be current in next two to three years? Very confused. :(

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    1. Ambals and other experts, please suggest

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    2. Any suggestions?

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    3. It is better to stay in the same job till you file I-485.
      Please do consult with an immigration lawyer regarding your specific job change.

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  62. Hi ambals, been following your blog and i must say you have an amazing sense of dedication. My concern is that I heard that for eb3 phils demand for july 2007 is very high how will it affect pd after that month, will it stop moving or worse retrogress?

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  63. Can't wait for Dec 1.

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    1. any hope on immigration reform bill.?

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    2. immigration bill -- not for this year

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  64. Hi Ambals,

    Thanks for your analysis every month. This is the first site I visit after visa bulletin is published.

    My current priority date is Dec 2010 in EB2 category. When should I expect it to be current?


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    1. Current trend is around 6 years from your priority date for EB2 India.

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  65. Hi Ambals
    Thanks for you reply on my earler post saying my PD of June 2008 may still get it by end of month. Last night I recieved status update of card production for all our 485's. Here are my details
    PD 06-13-2008
    FP 10/23/2013
    EAD 11/12/2013
    Card Prod. 11/16/2013
    My concern is if say card prod. status continues until dec 1 would I be denied issuance/dispatch of physical cards.

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    1. You should be good. You should get your card with next 10 days. Irrespective of the dates, you should get your card.

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  66. Hi Ambals

    My PD is June 2 , 2010 (EB2 India) .When do you expect it to be current?

    Joe

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    1. Current trend is around 6 years from your priority date for EB2 India.

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  67. I have completed my FP on Nov 14th. If I don't get my 485 this month, does that mean, I will have to wait until its current again?

    Please inform

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  68. President is going to issue small admin fixes do you think Eb backlog will be addressed?

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  69. EB2-India
    PD: June 29, 2007.
    RD: Sep 25, 2013.
    FP: Oct 22, 2013.
    EAD/AP Approved: Nov 1, 2013.
    I-485: Acceptance status

    Any chance of getting GC by end of this month?

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  70. Ambals, Looks like there will be a big movement for EB2 India in FY 2014 based on the below article, can you check it and provide your openion.
    http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/11/eb-category-to-receive-10000-additional.html#more

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    1. Yes. Check the Demand Data section here -- http://ambals.blogspot.com/2013/10/november-2013-visa-bulletin-and-analysis.html

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  71. Hi Ambal

    My priority date is July 2009 EB3 India. What do you think how long is my wait.

    Thanks
    Rajiv

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    1. It is a very long wait unless there is a law change or executive order. Please do consider porting to EB2 India.

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  72. Hi Ambals,

    MY EB3 PD is 15-DEC-2013; I have observed that you were looking for some additional stats with regards to EB3. Any information for my PD please?

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    1. Is it EB3 India ? Also, is the PD 2013 ?

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  73. Hi Ambals,

    My PD is Dec 30th 2009 in EB2 category. Based on the current demand data, do you see any possibility for me to get the GC in 2014? Thanks a lot for your work on this blog!!

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    1. Yes. There is a small possibility in Sept 2014.

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  74. Ambals - What are my choices after receiving green card if my employer is not willing to match my current salary to Prevailing wage of PERM ? Also, will that impact me personally that my green card will be taken away ? Please advise

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    1. Please talk to a good immigration attorney about your specific situation.

      Please do read this -- http://www.trackitt.com/usa-discussion-forums/i485-eb/464607499/salary-after-green-card

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  75. Hi, I got my greencard in Oct for 2007 pd. I applied for my wife 485 In aug 2013 under my pd. I just got email from.uscis that they have send her file to local office. Please tell me whether that is good or bad and what I should expect from them now.

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    1. Looks like they want to interview and clear a few things.

      Check this page and post your questions there -- http://www.trackitt.com/uk-discussion-forums/i485-eb/1214404703/i-485-transfer-to-local-office

      Also, talk to your immigration attorney.

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    2. I m same person, do u think my wife still Have chance to get gc this year

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    3. Yes. If it is something simple, they will clear it immediately.

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  76. Hi Ambals,
    You guys are awsome...I used to follow your blog and your analysis was pretty accurate! I received my gc and wanted to thank you for what you do!

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  77. Hi Ambals, My PD is Oct 2010, Is there a chance to get my GC in 2014? Thank you

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    1. Current trend is 6 years from your priority date for EB2 India.

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  78. Hello Ambals,
    My PD is Oct 1 2004 EB2I. I was an EB3 to EB3 upgrade candidate. I have been waiting for 3+months. Filed when dates moved in Aug. It's really painful. How much longer do you guys think it I will have to wait?

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    1. Hopefully, July 2014.

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    2. Assuming you have filed your I-485 and done with finger printing, there is still possibility of getting GC by the end of November.
      You can call USCIS and check your status.
      You can also contact your local congressman or Senator and ask them to check your application status.

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  79. Hi Ambals,
    Thank you. Appreciate your perspective. Below is my story.

    PD: April 2008 EB2 India
    RD: Sep 17, 2013.
    FP: Nov 4, 2013.
    I-485: Approved Nov 14

    Warm Regards.

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    1. Which service center. Can you post ur sr# mask last2-3 digests

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  80. Once I got my EAD card( i see from your other responses it is 60 days from the RD date),
    1. how long should i wait before i change my employer,
    2.how long should i wait before i move into a different role?
    My PD: Nov '06 EB2 India( i had some personal reasons due to which i held off applying before).
    I just submitted my I-485 this month.

    Thanks for your whole initiative from maintaining this blog to providing every comment with approp. answers.



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    1. If your I-140 is approved and if your I-485 has been pending for more 6 months and if you have your EAD, you can use AC 21 and switch to same or similar job.

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  81. hi Ambals
    My wife I485 got RFE last week which we responded same day(Wednesday). I received my GC. Do you think we should call USCIS. will it have any negative impact ?

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  82. Hi Ambals,

    My PD is dec 2011 and my I140 is approved,
    But the hidden issue is my 140 is approved based on masters, and my university is not accredited, will USCIS rovokes my 140 or I485 application if they came to know that. My university is not accredited during my i485 process, kindly please let me know if this situation can be defended.and my college was never accredited, but I did fulltime masters in CS.

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    1. Please check with a good immigration lawyer and discuss your specific situation by giving the university and master degree information.

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  83. Any approvals from tsc this week.
    I gave up hope :(

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    1. The Oh Law Firm:
      11/27/2013: India EB-2 Number Became Unavailable Effective 11/20/2013 for November Visa Bulletin Pending Cases

      AILA reports that no additional EB-2 numbers was allocated for EB-2 India for I-485 adjudications in November 2013. This confirms reports in immigration tracking discussion board. Reportedly, Indian EB-2 demand was so unprecedented that State Department received Indian EB-2 visa number requests about 150 per day between November 10 through November 20, causing its action to stop releasing any numbers effective 11/20/2013. Reportedly, State Department allocated 15,000 EB-2 visas for Indians in August and September alone using preadjudicated EB-485 cases. A lot of these cases are reportedly Indian EB-3 cases which had been upgraded to EB-2.
      At this point, no firm predication can be made, but reportedly there is some possibility that Indian EB-2 may return to August 2008 cut-off date in August or September 2014, meanwhile the worldwide EB-3 can move backward before the end of FY 2014 if demand increases next year.

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  84. Hello, My EB3 PD is OCT 24, 2003, when can i expect the dates to move?
    Thanks

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  85. Hi Aditi and Ganesh,

    My PD is Oct 2009 - EB2 India. Is there any chance that I receive my GC by Sept 2014 ?

    Thanks in advance

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  86. Hi Ambal,

    My PD is 30 jun 2008 EB2-I, Can you please let me know , What is the probability that I recieve my GC by Sept 2014 .

    Thanks in Advance
    Rajesh

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  87. I am planning to file my GC in EB3 ( India) in April-2014 by myself.

    When will I get my GC ?
    Can I get it by 2015 ? If not, then is there any shortcuts like India to make this happen ?
    I can meet the officer and ask what he/she wants !!

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    1. You will get it by May-2014.
      So don't worry about anything else.

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    2. why not you can.Get it in EB1 if you have around 2-5 Million US dollars to open a company in USA. You can get GC under EB1 in less then a year.

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