March Visa Bulletin: Significant Movement in EB-2 India Priority Dates

We are happy to report a significant improvement with regards to EB-2 India in the March 2015 Visa Bulletin. The bulletin shows an advancement of the EB-2 India cut-off date by 16 months—from September 1, 2005 to January 1, 2007. Consistent with Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State's projections last month, EB-2 India has advanced much earlier than in prior years.

Reportedly, the State Department is pursuing this strategy to 1. help ensure the adjudication of pending EB-2 India adjustment of status applications before time sensitive materials expire, and to 2. allow sufficient time for applications to be processed should resources issues arise toward the end of the fiscal year. Charlie anticipates that EB-2 India will advance further in April, though probably not as significantly as that which we saw for March. Charlie also anticipates that the EB-2 India cut-off date will likely continue to advance through this fiscal year, but at a steadier rate and without a huge leap forward. As a result of the EB-2 movement, Charlie anticipates an increase in EB-3 to EB-2 upgrades and hence, more adjustment of status filings. If these numbers are significant, the advancement of EB-2 India may slow, or require a correction. EB-2 India remains a category to watch closely as the fiscal year progresses.

Feel free to email us at or call us at (919) 932-4593 if you have any questions or concerns regarding this Visa Bulletin movement.

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