May Visa Bulletin: Another Indication to Downgrade From EB-2 to EB-3

Posted on April 15, 2019
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Parachutes showing the changes in eb2 and eb visa categories3

USCIS has just released the Visa Bulletin for the month of May 2019 and there has been little change in most categories accept in the employment based EB-3 category. While that has moved by more than a week to July 1, 2009, the EB-2 has barely moved by four days. This indicates that a downgrade for all EB-2 filers to EB-3 is on the anvil.

Even though there has been a minuscule movement of just four days for the employment based EB-2 category, May 2019 could be favorable for these Indian filers if they consider a downgrade to EB-3 instead. Given the specific conditions for India filers in this category wherein the filing dates for EB-3 is at April 1, 2010 and the cut-off dates for Final Action is July 1, 2009, it would be reasonable to expect them to downgrade to EB-2 to take advantage of this trend.

 

Predict and compare your priority dates based on these historic trends on EB-2 dates.

 

As for the remaining categories, family based categories for India filers have moved forward by three weeks while employment based EB-1 is showing signs of retrogression if not, staying idle for the rest of this year until September.

These numbers are better depicted in the charts below:

India Employment Based Categories:

When I-485 Can be Approved for India Filers

Dates for Filing I-485 for India Filers

India Family Based Categories:

When I-485 Can be Approved for India Filers

 

Dates for Filing I-485 for India Filers

Please note,a priority date means that the immigrant visas will be available to individuals whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date. Applicants under these employment and family based categories may file their application prior to the cut-off date.

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