Earlier this week the US Consulate at Mumbai reported that persons filing for Employment Based Permanent Residency in the Second Preference, or the EB-2 preference category, were current. This erroneous report gave false hope many persons from India who hold master’s degrees, have endured the PERM process and are currently waiting for a visa to be made available to them. It is unfortunate that a US Consulate would report such a drastic progression of the priority date only to later disappoint the many thousands of people who have waited so long to adjust to Green Card Status.
Just to clarify, the Mumbai consulate’s report of current visa availability for persons in the EB-2 preference category was in error. Foreign nationals from India who are waiting for a visa to be made current under the EB-2 preference category must have a priority date of May 8, 2006 in order to file for adjustment of status to Lawful Permanent Resident or Green Card status pursuant to the February 2011 Visa Bulletin.