Movement and Stagnation in India EB Categories

To Be EB2 India

According to Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, EB2 India can expect steady forward movement throughout FY2015. We have already seen EB2 India advance 2 years during this fiscal year, and it is predicted that this advancement will continue at a steady pace for several more months. As we approach the end of the fiscal year in October, EB2 India advancement will slow down, just in time for release of new visas in FY2016.

Not To Be EB3 India

Unfortunately, the picture for EB3 India is much more grim. Since the beginning of FY2015 over 6 months ago, EB3 India has not even advanced 2 months. It creeps along at about 1 – 2 weeks per month. The reason for this is because the annual per country limit for EB3 India is 2,875. Yet there are over 9,000 EB3 India applicants with priority cut-off dates prior to January 1, 2005. Without legislative immigration reform, the situation for EB3 India applicants is unlikely to change. The best option for Indian nationals with EB3 Petitions pending is to obtain experience or a master’s degree in order to upgrade to EB2. For Indian students, it does not make sense to enter the U.S. workforce without a Master’s Degree at a minimum.


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