The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin guru, Charlie Oppenheim, hosts monthly meetings with the American Immigration lawyers Association. Charlie Oppenheim is the Department of State’s Chief of the Control and Reporting Division. He is the officer who is responsible for producing the Visa Bulletin each month. This month’s Check In With Charlie featured predictions about EB2 and EB3 in most of the popular categories for readers of this Blog. Here are some highlights:
Philippine EB3 – Charlie offered some of his most optimistic predictions for this category. He expects that this category will initially move about three weeks per Bulletin, but that it should speed through 2011 and 2012, likely finishing the fiscal year into 2013. This is consistent with internal MU Law analysis which sees this category progressing into 2013 by the Summer of 2017.
India EB2 and EB3 – The DOS expects that EB2 will move at a three to four month rate. Those in this category are cautioned that 2007 was a very unusual year in immigration because of the Visa Gate scandal in 2007. Therefore we may see inconsistent progressions until the date moves comfortably beyond mid-2007.
The EB3 category will move much slower. Charlie says just one week per Bulletin.
Worldwide EB-2 and EB-3 – EB-2 will remain current for the foreseeable future. Charlie cautions that demand is increasing in this category. It may be necessary to implement a cut-off date sometime in the Spring of 2017. Worldwide EB-3 will continue to see a slight retrogression.