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Retrogression, priority dates and Visa bulletins Issues surrounding the retrogression of the priority dates for the various employment based categories

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Old 05-28-2010, 11:33 AM
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Default Updated EB I-485 pending inventory from USCIS as of March, 8 2010.

All Employment-Based I-485 Inventory pending at the Service Centers as of March 08,2010.

http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Green%20C...203-8-2010.pdf

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1. USCIS Update on Pending Employment-Based I-485s
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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated charts of pending employment-based (EB) adjustment of status (I-485) cases. These charts provide precise details of the numbers of I-485 cases currently filed and pending with the USCIS by year and month of priority date, and country of chargeability. They provide a helpful picture of the pending demand for the limited immigrant visa numbers in each EB category. They also can be compared to earlier charts to gain insights into visa number usage.
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Background on USCIS Charts on EB I-485s
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The USCIS started providing the pending EB I-485 charts after the overhaul of the USCIS WebSite. The first set of these charts was reported to MurthyDotCom and MurthyBulletin readers in our article, USCIS Shares Useful Info in Pending I-485 Charts (30.Oct.2009). As before, there are six separate charts with details of pending EB I-485 cases.
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Current USCIS I-485 Charts and Usage of Immigrant Visas
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The most recent charts (PDF 450KB), with data as of March 8, 2010, are available on the USCIS WebSite. The real insight that can be gleaned from these charts relates to the demand for immigrant visa numbers. In order for an I-485 to be approved, and for an applicant to become a permanent resident, there must be an immigrant visa number available. The immigrant visa numbers represent the annual limit on the number of foreign nationals permitted to become U.S. permanent residents in each fiscal year.
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Visa number availability is reflected in the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin issued each month. The Visa Bulletin cutoff dates are established by the DOS based upon estimates of demand for immigrant visa numbers.
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The USCIS charts provide a picture of that demand and, for some, a clearer explanation of why the cutoff dates in the Visa Bulletin move so slowly or stagnate. MurthyDotCom and MurthyBulletin readers who are unfamiliar with the concept of priority dates, visa numbers, and the Visa Bulletin may find some of the articles on these topics helpful. They are posted regularly on MurthyDotCom, and available by using our search feature.
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EB2 Analysis and Backlogs for India and China
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In the EB2 category, historically, only India and China regularly experience cutoff dates in the Visa Bulletin. This is reflected in the volume of pending cases in EB2 for all countries other than India and China. There are enough visa numbers available to meet demand and, thus, there is not a large volume of pending cases. These cases can be routinely processed without delays due to visa number issues. Thus, there are only slightly more than 3,300 EB2 I-485s from countries other than India, China, Mexico, and the Philippines. Most of these cases have priority dates between 2005 to 2010.
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This contrasts sharply with the volume of cases pending in EB2 for nationals of India and China. China has 16,630 pending EB2 cases, most having priority dates between 2005 and 2007. India has more than twice as many as China, with slightly more than 39,000 cases pending. Of these, most have priority dates that fall between 2005 and 2007.
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When the current pending cases for EB2 India are compared to the chart provided in our October 2009 article, there is a noticeable change. The older charts show more than 6,000 pending EB2 India cases with priority dates in 2004. The newer charts reflect only about 300 such cases, and fewer than 300 with priority dates of earlier than 2004.
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Thousands of LC Filings in March 2005

The Visa Bulletin cutoff date for EB2 India has been stagnant for four months as of this writing, with a cutoff date of February 1, 2005. The likelihood of forward movement increases, as the cases with earlier priority dates are processed to completion. However, one important reason for the stagnation in February becomes evident when reviewing the number of pending cases with a March 2005 priority date. The chart reflects more than 3,000 cases pending in EB2 India, with a March 2005 priority date. This is due to a large volume of labor certification cases filed prior to the shift to the mandatory PERM process in labor certification procedures, which occurred at the end of March 2005.
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EB3 Analysis and Maximum Pending EB3s for Indians
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The EB3 category has a demand for visa numbers that exceeds the supply for all countries of chargeability. The USCIS reports that, as of March 8, 2010, there were almost 136,000 pending EB3 I-485s. The vast majority - almost 60,000 - were filed by Indian nationals.
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There continues to be a large number of EB3 cases with priority dates as early as 2001 and 2002. There are even larger numbers of pending cases with priority dates between 2003 and 2007. When compared to the charts from our October 2009 article, there is a noticeable reduction - over 5,000 - in the number of cases with 2001 priority dates.
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Conclusion
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These USCIS charts provide, for some, a rather grim picture of the wait time for visa numbers in their categories. For others, it may offer some hope that they are likely to be next in line. We believe that it is helpful to have a realistic picture and an understanding of why certain cases must wait for years for the I-485 approval under the current system. We appreciate the willingness of the USCIS to share these helpful updates so that individuals and their families can plan their lives.
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