U.S. Department of State Publishes February 2019 Visa Bulletin
Pasricha & Patel Takeaways:
U.S. Department of State’s February 2019 visa bulletin shows some encouraging movements in the employment-based preference categories. In particular, the employment-based 3rd visa preference category numbers for Indian nationals have even moved past the 2nd visa preference category numbers. And the bulletin also made some projections about visa availability in the next few months, with potential movement for EB-3 India for up to 3 months, while EB-2 India moving more slowly at one week.
With these projections, it is very likely that there will be an increase in demand for EB-3 visa numbers, particularly by Indian nationals who may wish to forego pursuing the EB-2 visa category altogether. However, the concern is that over the long-term, any rush to pursue EB-3 visa preference category could end up slowing that visa category’s movement altogether, which is a classic case of oversubscription/excess demand of a particular visa preference category, and that could mean the Department of State may even have to hold the EB-3 visa numbers to avoid it becoming ‘unavailable’.
We suggest that readers keep an eye out for any updates on this issue via our website. And should our readers have any further questions about the various visa preference categories, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule a consultation to discuss this matter further.