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

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

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

Dates for Filing I-485 for India Filers

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

India Family Based Categories:

When I-485 Can be Approved for India Filers

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

Dates for Filing I-485 for India Filers

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

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.