January 2015 Visa Bulletin was released earlier today.
Date for EB2 India stays at 15 FEB 05. EB2 China moved from 10 JAN 10 to 01 FEB 10. The cut-off for all other EB2 countries are Current.
As expected EB2 India stays retrogressed. Good news is EB2 China is moving forward.
If you are waiting to file I-485, please use this opportunity to gather all the documents and keep it in place:
- General list can be found here - http://ambals.blogspot.com/2013/07/getting-ready-to-file-i-485.html
- This blog post will help you, if you have not done vaccination - http://ambals.blogspot.com/2013/12/vaccination-record.html
- This blog post will help you, if you don't have your Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate in place - http://ambals.blogspot.com/2013/06/affidavit-of-birth-along-with-i-485.html
Cut-off dates for EB3 India moved from 01 DEC 03 to 15 DEC 03. EB3 China jumped from 01 JUN 10 to 01 MAR 11. For all other countries the date moved from 01 JUN 12 to 01 NOV 12 to 01 JUN 13.
Good news is the dates for all the countries have moved.
I-485 Pending inventory:
I-485 pending inventory data was released last month.
Current I-485 inventory shows, For EB2 India, there are 20,263 pending applications, whose priority is before 01 MAY 2010. This number was 31,234 in the previous edition. For EB3 India, it is 29,422 applicants before 01 SEPT 2007 Priority date. It was 30,018 in previous edition.
This tells me that there were atleast 11,000 EB2 India GCs given last fisal year. Interesting EB3 India inventory reduced only by 600. Also, given that there are more than 11,000 folks still waiting to get GC who has priority date of 15 FEB 05 or earlier in EB3 India category, EB2 India date might very well stay the same till June 2015 Visa bulletin. Theoretically, all these folks are eligible to "upgrade" to EB2.
What to Expect Next Few Months:
For EB3 India:
I am hoping it will move 2 weeks every Visa Bulletin, at the very least one week.
For EB2 India:
Now that the dates have retrogressed back, I think it will stay the same till June. I think, it will start moving big from July 2015 Visa Bulletin.
Read on Executive Action related to employment based - http://www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction#4
You can see the official January 2015 Visa Bulletin here - http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2015/visa-bulletin-for-january-2015.html
You can see the official I-485 pending inventory Data here -