Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of Visa Control and Reporting for the Department of State just announced that he will likely retrogress EB-2 priority dates in August 2007. Charlie Oppenheim made the announcement at the 2012 American Immigration Lawyers Association Midwest Regional Conference. He stated that this retrogression will most likely be effective in either the May or June 2012 Visa Bulletin.
Charlie Oppenheim also advised that he anticipates all of the EB-1 visas to be used this year. This would be the first year that all of the EB-1 visas have been used. As a result there will be no “spilldown” to the EB-2 category. This “spilldown” helps alleviate the backlog in the EB-2 India and China categories, because the “spilldown” immigrant visas are not subject to the per-country caps.
If you are current in the EB-2 category we urge you to get on file immediately. If you need assistance preparing your adjustment of status application please contact our immigration law firm.