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Some very good news in the EB-2 category for Indians and for the Chinese in both the EB-2 and EB-3 categories. Also good news for Mexicans in the EB-3 category - a six month advance for them.

Family 1st - Advancement of worldwide, China and India numbers by
three weeks to 08 JUL 2002. Mexico moves up a week to 8 OCT 1992
and the Philippines stays at 15 JUL 1993.

Family 2A - Worldwide, India, China and the Philippines numbers
advance one month to 1 JUN 2004. Mexico jumps five weeks to 22 SEP 2001

Family 2B - Worldwide, India and China numbers advance six weeks to 08 MAY 2000. Mexico is still stuck at 1 MAY 1992. The
Philippines advances six weeks to 15 OCT 1997.

Family 3rd - Worldwide, India and China remains stalled at 1
AUG 2000. Mexico moves one week to 8 OCT 1992. One
week advance for the Philippines to 1 JUN 1991.

Family 4th - Worldwide numbers advance one week to 15 FEB 1998.
China moves one month to 22 SEP 1997. India advances ten weeks
to 15 JAN 1998. Mexico moves two weeks forward to 22 MAR 1995. The
Philippines is stalled at 1 MAY 1986.

Employment 1st - All categories remain current.

Employment 2nd - Worldwide, Mexico and the Philippines remain
current. India jumps nearly half a year to 1 JAN 2004. China jumps nearly half a year to 1 JAN 2005.

Employment 3rd skilled/professional workers - All numbers are stalled and there is no movement for the fourth month in a row. Worldwide and Filipino
numbers are at 1 May 2005. China jumps four months to 1 OCT 2002. India is stalled at 15 OCT 2001. Mexico jumps a whopping six months to 1 APR 2003.

Employment 3rd unskilled - Worldwide numbers are stalled at 15 MAR 2003. However, Chinese, Indian and Mexican unskilled workers get bad news - retrogression. China goes backward to 1 OCT 2002. India goes backward to 15 OCT 2001. And Mexico is also now at 15 OCT 2001. Last month these three countries were at 15 MAR 2003.

Employment 4th - All remain current.

EB-5 remains current.

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  1. Zac's Avatar
    I have 140 and 485 applications pending, the 140 application is based off of EB3 professional workers category.Country of citizenship : India. Since EB3 unskilled is at Mar 15 2003, Is there a way I can request a switch/consideration to that category with the pending 140/485 apps?
  2. 's Avatar
    Hi greg - Since the economy is slowing down dramatically. Do you see the EB 2 numbers improving for India.

    The last time the dot com bubble collapsed this category remained current.

    I would like to hear your views on the Visa Bulletin for EB 2 going forward.

  3. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Historically, you're correct and I expect that to happen again. I also expect H-1B usage to be way down.
  4. 's Avatar
    Thanks Greg for your response. I think we are seeing the first signs by the decrease in the visitor visa. ppl losing jobs everywhere and may not travel that much.

    I am hoping the EB 2 visa gets current soon. I guess yu will be right on the H 1 B as well.

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