We expect a marked improvement in the advancement of the Second Preference (EB-2) immigration petition priority dates for Indian and Chinese nationals. The May and June visa bulletin should reveal significant advancement of the EB-2 immigrant visa petitions because of a surplus in the EB-1 visa numbers. It remains to be seen whether the circumstances leading to the improvement in the priority dates for EB-2 immigrant petitions will cause such priority dates for Indian and Chinese nationals to become current. The Columbus immigration attorneys at The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA will continue to monitor these developments and will bring you up-to-date on the latest developments.
Yesterday, Charlie Oppenheim, Chief, Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, communicated to the American Immigration Lawyers Association of a remarkable decline in the filing of EB-1 visa petitions with the USCIS which then resulted in a large number of unused visas which will be dumped into the EB-2 visa category. Mr. Oppenheim stated that more than 12,000 additional visas will become available to the EB-2 category as of May 2011. He also stated that citizens from India have the largest demand for EB-2 immigrant visa numbers.
Hence, we are encouraged with this news and will announce any new developments as they become available.