August Visa Bulletin was released earlier this month. The EB2 India dates for getting Green Card stands at 15 NOV 04. The EB3 India date is at 08 NOV 04. New Cut-off dates are introduced for EB1 China and India and that date is 01 JAN 10.
Estimated 140,300 Green Cards (immigrant visas) are expected to be given this fiscal year -- between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016 -- under Employment Based Green Card category.
The number of Green Cards issued under EB2 India category is as follows:
FY 2015 - 7,235
FY 2014 - 23,527
FY 2013 - 17,193
FY 2012 - 19,726
FY 2011 - 23,997
FY 2010 - 19,961
FY 2009 - 10,106
FY 2008 - 14,806
EB2 India receives 2,809 immigrant visas (Green Cards) every year. On the top of it, it receives spill over from EB1, EB4, EB5 and EB2 - ROW. Typically, unused numbers from EB4 and EB5 go to EB1. Unused numbers from EB1 goes to EB2. In EB2, all the spillover go to most retrogressed country (India in this case) till it reaches the next retrogressed (China in this case).
This year, by the very fact that, DOS has established a cut-off for EB1 India and EB1 China, tell us that EB4, EB5 and EB1 will not come to EB2. We also see from I-485 inventory that there is more demand for EB2 from other countries and more porting happening from EB3 India to EB2 India.
Given all this, it makes me wonder, if we are in a new phase for EB2 India. The spillover reducing on one side and porting from EB3 to EB2 increasing on the other side, makes it nearly impossible for the dates to move forward. In theory, all the 18,000+ EB3 India applicants can port to EB2 India. In theory, all available visas for EB2 India can be consumed by porting. In Practice, if this happens, then EB2 India dates can't move much further and, EB3 and EB2 India dates have to move hand-in-hand. Not a good situation, but it might be the reality ! We have to wait and watch to see if it is !
I-485 pending inventory numbers are taken from -- http://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-through-job/previous-pending-employment-based-i-485-inventory/pending-employment-based-i-485-inventory
EB2 Numbers are taken from -- http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/statistics/annual-reports.html
Annual Limits and Spill Over rule --http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Statistics/Immigrant-Statistics/Web_Annual_Numerical_Limits.pdf
August Visa Bulletin -- https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2016/visa-bulletin-for-august-2016.html