Monday, January 23, 2017

VISA BULLETIN: "CONSISTENT FORWARD MOVEMENT” EXPECTED FOR PHILS EB-3

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 again offered his most optimistic predictions for this category.  He said that he expects “consistent forward movement” in the EB-3 Philippines category.  While he does not expect the Philippines EB-3 to catch up to the Worldwide date, he expects Philippines EB-3 to “recover significantly”.  This is consistent with internal MU Law analysis, which sees this category progressing at least into 2013 by the Summer of 2017.  

India EB2 and EB3 – Unfortunately the news is not so rosy for Indian nationals.  Neither EB2 nor EB3 is expected to progress to any significant degree. 

Worldwide EB-2 and EB-3 – EB-2 will remain current for the foreseeable future. It is our expectation that Worldwide EB-3 will continue to see a slight retrogression, consistent with the recent past.  The Worldwide EB-3 date may stall in the Spring/Summer of 2017, as the full allotment of numbers gets used.  It will then move quickly again into the next fiscal year.

China EB-2 and EB-3 - These categories are the most difficult to predict.  The DOS is trying to be conservative in the forward progression of these dates in an effort to stop the see-saw progression and retrogression of dates that we have seen in the recent past.

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for this newsMU law, if it will move forward to 2013, how about the next years? when will be the estimate movement for 2016?

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    1. Hi Unknown, It is very difficult to estimate that far out, but if I had to make a prediction I would say 2020.

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  2. MU law i wud like to ask if how many years do you think for a philippine eb3 visa to wait with a priority date of april 2016? Thank u and hope to hear from u

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    1. Hi Safe, As in my prior reply, it is very difficult to estimate that far out, but if I had to make a prediction I would say 2020.

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  3. I am from India with PD Sep 2005, Is there a hope to be current in 2017 ?

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    1. Yes- I think there is hope before the end of the year. 2018 may be more likely however.

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  4. Hi my approval norice with USCIS is schedule A EB3. I got a welcome letter from the NVC with an EB2 visa class and when I signed in thru CEAC it is stated as EB2. Is this possible? I already contacted the NVC for clarification. Thanks

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