Concurrent with the announcement that all green cards had been allocated for the EB-1 and EB-2 categories for the current fiscal year, the Visa Bulletin for October was also released. The priority dates for EB-1 and EB-2 were unchanged for the September Visa Bulletin but there was a significant retrogression for EB-2 priority dates for India. NOTE: September is using the Final Action Dates for Employment Based visas and October is using the Dates for Filing charts.
The EB-1 priority dates for all countries remain current.
The EB-2 priority dates for all countries other than China and India remain current.
The EB-2 priority dates for China move forward from April 1, 2019 to July 8, 2019.
The EB-2 priority dates for India moved back significantly from December 1, 2014 to May 2012.
After making significant progress with the EB-2 priority dates over the past year, going from a Final Action Date of September 1, 2011 to in September 2021 to a Final Action Date of December 1, 2014 in September 2011, this is unexpected and disheartening news for the many thousands of Indian nationals holding an approved EB-2 based I-140. Hopefully the retrogression under the EB-2 category for India will be temporary and the priority dates will advance quickly.