Check-in with Charlie: What’s up with the visa bulletin?

It’s that time again! Charlie Oppenhiem of the Department of State has provided updates regarding the ever-changing and all-controlling visa bulletin. Charlie provided some key insights into the employment-based preference categories, as demand continues to increase for all employment-based categories.

Notably, EB-1 India and China now have final action cut-off dates, while EB-2 China and India number usage is restricted to their annual limits. This means visa availability for those two countries will continue to slow for the foreseeable future.  Charlie hopes that the final action date for EB-1 China and India will return to current on October 1, but will continue to monitor the demand in these categories throughout the summer.

Meanwhile, EB-2 Worldwide will have a final action cut-off date by August, but hopefully this period of retrogression will be over and back to current by October 1.  EB-3 Worldwide will advance by one month with the expectation that it will continue to advance in future. EB-3 India will continue to advance, as demand for EB-3 Mexico and EB-3 Worldwide remains low.

Ultimately, demand remains high across all Employment Based preference categories, causing cut off dates to be implemented in many of the high-demand categories.   Dayzad Law will continue to monitor the visa bulletin and keep our clients up to date on the latest advances or retrogressions for each category.

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