Charles Oppenheim, U.S. Department of State Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, predicts that EB-3 China will continue to advance dramatically until the demand for this category increases. As of the January Visa Bulletin, EB-3 China priority date cut-off advanced to March 1, 2011. At the same time, EB-2 China only advanced to February 1, 2010. Accordingly, visa numbers for EB-3 China are available for applicants who filed for adjustment of status more recently.
With the EB-3 China cut-off date for January 13 months later than the EB-2 China cut-off date, the Visa Office expects a surge in demand for China EB-3 over the coming months due to EB-2 China beneficiaries filing EB-3 “downgrade” petitions with USCIS. This expected surge in EB-3 demand will ultimately slow advancement, and will most likely result in the retrogression of the China EB-3 cut-off date at some point. We will monitor these categories closely to update our readers about the changes.