Family Based Projections:
Oppenheim previously suggested that FB-4 China could potentially advance before October. Through July, however, the cut-off date of January 1, 2003 will remain. Oppenheim still believes the demand for FB-1, FB-2 and FB-3 will decrease, allowing FB-4 China to advance back to a cut-off date to July 2003 sometime before the end of the year.
Employment Based Projections:
Last month, Oppenheim suggested that interested parties continue to Watch EB-4 and Certain Religious Workers (SR) Preference Categories. This month, a final action date of January 1, 2010 was imposed for EB-4 Mexico. Oppenheim also expects EB-4 Mexico to return to current in October while EB-4 El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras should advance to a 2015 cut-off date in that time. Oppenheim also predicts that a cutoff date for EB-4 India will need to be imposed for August.
Following the retrogression in June for EB-2 and EB-3 China, Oppenheim expects there to be no forward movement this fiscal year. EB-2 Worldwide is likely to have a cut-off date imposed due to increased demand. Oppenheim anticipates EB-2 India’s final-action date should be one week beyond EB-3 India through the fiscal year. Based on this, there should be sufficient available unused EB-3 numbers worldwide to enable some modest forward movement in India EB-3 by the month of September.
The demand for EB-1 remains extremely high and Oppenheim stated previously that there could be some type of “corrective action” required before the end of the fiscal year. As it happens, a cut-off date for China and India EB-1 is now expected in either August or September. Both categories are still expected to become current again in October. For the rest of the world (not India and China), a cut-off date is not expected.