Wednesday, June 21, 2017

VISA BULLETIN UPDATE: PHILS EB-3 SHOULD ADVANCE INTO 2015

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, which are the most popular categories for readers of this Blog.  Here are some of this month’s highlights:

Philippine EB-3:  Charlie expects to aggressively move this category into mid/late 2015 before the end of the fiscal year (September 30, 2017).  MU Law believes that the category will continue to be positive, although we do not expect that the significant progression will continue once the Visa Bulletin after the fiscal year, because demand for Philippine EB-3 was heavy in 2016.  Having said that, we do expect continued steady movement forward.

Worldwide EB-3:  This category should continue to be effectively current, with a retrogression of only a few weeks/months.

India EB-2:  Charlie expects minimal movement forward.  Charlie claims that 40 percent of the India EB-2 demand is from India EB-3 upgrades.

India EB-3.  This number will be aggressive advanced because Worldwide EB-3 demand has slowed.  As a matter of process, unused Worldwide EB-3 numbers spill into the slowest EB-3 category (India).

35 comments:

  1. Hi MU,
    For Philippines, what do you mean by "not expecting significant progression will continue in the next fiscal year"?

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    1. All we mean is that the Phils EB3 will not move as fast in the second half of 2017, as it did during the first half of 2017. In the first half of 2017, it moved 5 years !

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    2. Oh wow. 5years in the first half of 2017 is significant indeed.
      Do you see retrogression happening in the FY2018? Or do you foresee a steady movement on those priority dates?

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  2. Hello MU,
    Is it possible for the Philippines to advance its priority date to May 2016 before the year ends?

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    1. Yes. It is possible. Worst case is early 2018

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  3. The initial filing of my petition was October 2015 but USCIS lost my docs before they issue a receipt notice. My new Pd is Nov 2016 after my petitioner refiled. NVC already asked for a fee and docs. I paid last March 2017 and submitted all my docs. Now, my lost documents was finally found by USCIS and they returned it because according to them, I already have an approve petition. They didn't even consider my pd in 2015 after they found the docs during the initial filing.
    This is sad, I could probably current this year and my daughter turns 20 also this year.
    If your analysis is right, 2016 will be current around 2018-2019?

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    1. That is a shame, Cherry. I think Nov 16 will be current in late 2018 or early 2019

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  5. hello MU,
    my petition under eb3 philippines pd may 2015 was approved and uscis submitted my case to nvc last october 2015. but until now I haven't received any notice from nvc. I don't have my nvc case number. may I ask when will I received any notification from the nvc directing me to submit the required documents? thank you so much for the response. God bless.

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    1. Have you talked to your US employer or your attorney? You need to do so.

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    2. tnx mu law for this advise. God bless.

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  6. My EB3 I140 is already approved , priority date is October 3 2014, as of July 2017 visa bulletin FINAL ACTION DATE FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES for EB3 Philippines is May 15, 2014. DATE FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS is July 15, 2015, does it mean that my I485 can be filed?

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  7. Hi MU, I am from India, EB3, and my PD is Oct 2006. When I spoke to NVC few days back they said currently they are dealing with applications dated 22 April 2006. I hope my PD will become current soon. But, now I found that my employer in US closed down their business. Now what shall I do..? waiting for last 11 years... Pls help me..Thanks

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  8. Hi MU! I would like to ask what will happen if when my PD gets current (PD FEB 2016, PHILIPPINES)? I am confused about the waiting time indicated in final action date and it is 8 years. Thank you for being a source of answer to our concerns.

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  9. Hello,
    My Pd is 31st Dec 2008 , India .....When will be my PD will be current ??
    Thank you for your opinion

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    1. Unfortunately it will probably still be a few years.

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    2. Hello MU ,
      How many years ?
      thanks

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    3. Impossible to predict unfortunately. If I had to make a guess I would say 3 more years.

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  12. Hi mu law, I want to ask regarding my application as immigrant,my PD is feb2015,, and the nvc already emailed me regarding the nvc processing fee,however, my youngest daughter was not included on the list,though I already informed my processing associate that i have an additional dependent with supporting documents sent last year. How will that affect my application? How long will I wait for the NVC to add another dependent? Thank you

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    1. Hi Hcros- have you spoken with your attorney?

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    2. Not yet mu law. But does it take long to wait for my youngest daughters case number to be released?

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  13. Hello MU Law is it okay if the recruitment agency refused to provide the receipt number of my i140?

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  14. Hello MU law, I would like to ask what is the estimated month when my PD will be current. My priority date is November 1, 2015.thanks

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  15. Hello MU law, my PD is Jan 2015. Do you think this will be current next month..

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  17. Hello MU law, my PD is June 2017, EB3 philippines whe do you think my PD will be current? Thank you so much.

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  18. MU Law, my PD is Jan 2015. The NVC sent me an email regarding the Visa bill notice..My PD is not yet current. May I know why they sent me this one?

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    1. Same with me, and im thinking do I need to pay the nvc fee already even if my pd is not yet current

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  19. That could probably mean that the upcoming visa bulletin could include Jan 2015.

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  20. Good for you Maxene, mine is Dec 2014 still waiting for NVC or my employer's email.

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  21. Hello MU Law! Any predictions on my PD, which is July 2015? Thank you so much!

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