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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

EB-3 NUMBERS JUMP THREE YEARS

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The March Visa Bulletin has been released and there's good news for people in the EB-3 category. Those with priority dates after January 1, 2005 can now complete processing, a jump of three years. Why is this happening? Here's the DOS explanation:

The cut-off date movement for March in several Employment categories
has been greater than those experienced in recent months.  Advancement
of the cut-off dates at this time should prevent a situation later in
the fiscal year where there are large amounts of numbers available but
not enough time to use them. If the expected increase in CIS number use
materializes, future cut-off date movements could slow or stop.




For those who were not able to submit adjustment cases last summer because they were waiting on a labor certification to be approved, this will be welcome news. And some of the folks who filed last summer who had old priority dates could find their cases getting finished a lot sooner than they expected.

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  1. 's Avatar
    Greg,
    Good news for ROW, but not so good news for India. Do you think its a
    backlash?
  2. A RoW EB-3 applicant's Avatar
    Greg,

    I'm a fervent reader of your blog and I admire your work.
    Funny enough, my first comment on your blog will mention two mistakes in this post:
    1) "Those with priority dates after January 1, 2005[...]" -- as you so well know, it's "before" and not "after".
    2) "[...] a jump of three years". Well, it was Nov 1st, 2002 and it went to Jan 1st, 2005. That's exactly 2 years and 2 months. A superb jump, but not 3 years.

    As to why is this happening:

    1) because the July/August madness finally allowed RoW EB-3 guys to jump in and thus scenarios like this one -- http://blogs.ilw.com/gregsiskind/2007/08/jan-pederson-oc.html -- won't repeat. And no, I'm not trying to start yet another India - RoW flame war. I'm just stating the facts. It does happen that the INA works in our (RoW) favor, I admit that, I am not proud nor ashamed of it. I'm just saying that now the RoW EB-3 is in the game as well.

    2) because USCIS/ DOS have more media coverage than they ever wanted, and will try their best to avoid another fiasco.

    Cheers to more jumps and may everyone get their GCs soon!
  3. Kalifornian's Avatar
    Hello Greg ,

    Is there a way to get from USCIS how many India EB2 applications are pending as of now ( it should be easy for them to provide , because all the application info is in computer )?
  4. Vanessa's Avatar
    Hi Greg,
    Thank you for all of your work! I really appreciate it.
    Greg can I ask you for a prediction?
    I am FB1 (ROW unmarried daughter of USC) and have been waiting for 6 years to file AOS. Everyone forgets about family-based immigration and always looks at employment-based movement in the visa bulletin. Lately, FB1 has been moving one week at a time. I am literally two months away from my date being current but I am wondering how long you think this will stretch out over (a year? three months?)? It has been 6 years already and I am so close but the wait now is killing me. What do you think?
    Thank you once again.
    Regards,
    Vanessa
  5. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    I think this is great news for India, particularly, EB2. The trick is that all of the leftover numbers are currently thrown into the EB3 ROW category (not that I agree with that), so as soon as EB3 ROW becomes current, EB2 India will start moving forward at a very fast rate.

    Guys, I understand how hard it is to be in EB2/India, but believe me, this is truly blessing in disguise.
  6. b's Avatar
    "Guys, I understand how hard it is to be in EB2/India, but believe me, this is truly blessing in disguise."

    You do?
  7. Immi waiting's Avatar
    Yes it is a blessing since any movement on any category will eventually makes the all that is waiting closer to any movement..
  8. EB's Avatar
    Legal and no longer waiting! Congrats on your GC. I just got back to this blog after a long break. Hopefully EB3 ROW will start moving quickly now and we can get some spillover to EB2 India.
  9. paskal's Avatar
    i'll vouch for LNLW on this...:-)
    and btw i'm EB2 India and deep in this mess

    you or i or a or b or roy may or not agree with everything she says here but that should not take away from the fact that LNLW has indeed supported EB reforms wholeheartedly. and it is a fact that until EB3ROW becomes current, the present system will not allow spillover to EB2 India. so i, for one, enthusiatically celebrate this movement and hope to see EB3ROW current sooon!

    a friendly reminder- send letters for administrative reform if you have not done so already, and motivate friends and family to do the same. plenty of good templates are circulating for instant use!
  10. anotherROWEB-3's Avatar
    I think it is wonderful that it finally moved. I wish the best of luck to all applicants.
  11. b's Avatar
    "

    "Guys, I understand how hard it is to be in EB2/India, but believe me, this is truly blessing in disguise."

    You do?
    "

    I was questioning the possible lip service of understanding to be in EB2/India not whether numbers are going to flow from ROW to wherever. Only god and USCIS knows that.

    Good luck to EB3-ROW. Its great news.

  12. Sid's Avatar
    "Good luck to EB3-ROW. Its great news."

    Absolutely. Once retrogression ends for EB3-ROW, EB2-India/China should see some movement. I'm not jumping with joy because till we get actual numbers for each category from the USCIS, all this is just shooting in the dark.
  13. Kalifornian's Avatar
    "... till we get actual numbers for each category from the USCIS, all this is just shooting in the dark" .

    Does USCIS have that info and hiding it from public ?
  14. Sid's Avatar
    "Does USCIS have that info and hiding it from public ?"

    If they don't then we're in deeper s**t than we think we are.
  15. b's Avatar
    "If they don't then we're in deeper s**t than we think we are."

    Looking at the no. pending applications and guesstimating number of Chinese/Indian applications, I think we are in a deep hole.

    Those effected should really start participating in IV.
  16. Jerien's Avatar
    hi,

    My priority date is August 05. Any predictions on when would my PD be available.

    thanks
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