The Council for Global Immigration has learned details regarding what to expect in the coming months in the visa bulletin, including probable retrogression of numbers from India EB-2, modest advancement for China EB-2s and more significant advancement for China and “Rest of World” EB-3s.
India EB-2 numbers are expected to retrogress over three years to late 2004 or early 2005. We have also been told not to expect any forward movement for India EB-3 priority dates and, while retrogression is not as likely for EB-3, it is not out of the realm of possibility.
China EB-2 numbers are expected to continue to move forward approximately 5 weeks per month. EB-2 is expected to remain current for the rest of the world.
China and Mexico EB-3 numbers are expected to follow worldwide numbers, advancing about a year in the December Visa Bulletin and continuing to advance in January and February. Philippines EB-3s are expected to advance about 2 weeks per month.
In addition, China EB-5s might have a cut-off date for the first time sometime in 2014. Currently, there is an excess of approximately 3,000 EB-5 numbers which are used in the EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 categories. Thus, a cut-off date for China EB-5s could affect other EB categories for China.