Thursday, July 20, 2017

VISA BULLETIN PROJECTIONS FOR THE REST OF 2017

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 projections for EB2 and EB3, which are the most popular categories for readers of this Blog.  Here are some of this month’s highlights, along with our analysis:

EB-2 Worldwide.  Although there may be a retrogression in September, the Worldwide EB-2 should return to current in October and remain there for the rest of this calendar year.

EB-2 India.  This category is expected to use the full allotment of visas in September, which may result in the category becoming temporarily unavailable.  It should have a July 2008 date in October 2017.

EB-3 Worldwide.  This category will remain current or close to current for the foreseeable future.

EB-3 India.  This category will advance several months in September 2017.  However, because of expected demand in FY 2018 for EB-3 Worldwide, we will not see fast progress after October 2017.  India EB-3 benefited in FY 2017 because demand for Worldwide EB-3 was light, resulting in Worldwide EB-3 numbers spilling into India EB-3.

EB-3 Philippines.  In FY 2018, we will not see this category move nearly as fast as it did in FY 2017. We will have a better idea of where Phils EB-3 is headed with the publication of the October 2017 Visa Bulletin, which is the first of FY 2018.

16 comments:

  1. Hello MU Law,
    Did Charlie mention that there might be a chance of retrogression for B3 Phils in FY 2018? The last time in 2015 when dates moved up so quickly, they retrogressed and finally now they came back to those levels. Will we see a repeat of that?

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    1. We will have a better idea of where Phils EB-3 is headed with the publication of the October 2017 Visa Bulletin, which is the first of FY 2018.

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  2. Hi MU

    Do you think feb 2016 eb3 philippines will become current before tge end of fiscal year? And is it possible rhat there will be a retogression or none since it will slow down?

    Thanks in advance

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    1. We will have a better idea of where Phils EB-3 is headed with the publication of the October 2017 Visa Bulletin, which is the first of FY 2018.

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  3. Hi MU, My old PD (Eb3 phils) is November 20009. My old employer emailed me that they received letter from NVC that my visa is available and if I am still interested to emmigrate to USA. I was abandoned by my employer because of retrogression. My current PD is Jan 2016. Can i forward the letter from NVC to my agency ? Can they use NVC case number to recupture my old PD?

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    1. You can only use that NVC letter if you will work for that exact company. If you want to work for a different company, you will need to have that new company file an I-140 for you and recapture the PD acquired with the first company's I-140. Good luck.

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  4. Hi MU, Thank you for your reply. I have new employer, my I-140 has been approved and my PD is Jan 2016. I contacted my agency last week if they can use NVC case number to recapture my old PD but they said it should be the receipt number but they will consult their attorney.

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    1. Good luck, Karen. They should be able to do this. It is not that difficult a process.

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  5. Hi MU,

    My Eb3 PD is June30,2017 in the Philippines do you think it will become current this year? or any predictions to when it will become current? Thank You.

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    1. Not this year. I think that you will be current in 2019.

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  6. Hello sir. I am from the Philipines. Is it possible that my priority date (October 26, 2015) be current by next month or within this year? Basing on the current movement of this category, is there a high possibility of retrogression? I mean FY 2018 is almost starting by Oct 2017. Will new allocations/ supply of visa be available? Thanks.

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