EB-2 Cutoff of March 1, 2008 Expected in December

EB-2 Cutoff of March 1, 2008 Expected in December
October 28, 2011

Charles Oppenheim, Chief Immigrant Visa and Control Division, indicated during a discussion session on 10/26/11 in Washington, DC that the December 2011 Visa Bulletin would advance the cut-off date for EB-2 India and China to March 1, 2008, or even further.   Similar forward movement may be expected in the January 2012 and February 2012 Visa Bulletins.

 

Oppenheim cautioned, however, that if there is high demand (number of filings) in the EB-2 category, he may hold or even retrogress the Visa Bulletin cut-off dates towards the summer of 2012.  He noted that there is usually a 4-6 month gap between filing of an I-485 adjustment application and when a visa number is actually requested and allocated, which means that EB-2 India and China I-485 applications filed in the fall will require visa numbers in the spring and summer of 2012, and this is why retrogression may happen.