• Cutoff Dates for Eb-2 India Advance More Than 3 Years in August Visa Bulletin
  • July 18, 2013
  • Law Firm: Eaton Peabody - Bangor Office
  • The U.S. Department of State’s August Visa Bulletin provides that cutoff dates for Indian nationals in the EB-2 immigrant visa category will advance more than 3 years to January 1, 2008. In the July Visa Bulletin, the same cutoff date was September 1, 2004 . See below excerpts from Visa Bulletin.

    Indian nationals with priority dates on or after January 1, 2008 will able to file adjustment of status applications as of August 2013. Processing will resume on pending adjustment applications where the priority date becomes current in August.


    Employment-Based

    All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed

    CHINA-mainland born

    INDIA

    MEXICO

    PHILIPPINES

    1st

    C

    C

    C

    C

    C

    2nd

    C

    08AUG08

    01JAN08

    C

    C

    3rd

    01JAN09

    01JAN09

    22JAN03

    01JAN09

    22OCT06

    Other Workers

    01JAN09

    22MAR04

    22JAN03

    01JAN09

    22OCT06


    Employment-Based

    All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed

    CHINA-mainland born

    INDIA

    MEXICO

    PHILIPPINES

    1st

    C

    C

    C

    C

    C

    2nd

    C

    08AUG08

    01SEP04

    C

    C

    3rd

    01JAN09

    01JAN09

    22JAN03

    01JAN09

    22OCT06

    Other Workers

    01JAN09

    22MAR04

    22JAN03

    01JAN09

    22OCT06

    “C” indicates current in the Visa Bulletin, meaning immigrant visa numbers are currently available in the applicable category. The EB-2 cutoff dates for India had been languishing at September 1, 2004 for some time, so this is a welcome development. Cutoff dates do not progress in real time, so a cutoff date that looks 3 years away is not necessarily a 3-year wait. It could be less, it could be more, as cutoff dates sometimes “retrogress” (go backward) based on actual and anticipated demand for immigrant visa numbers.