Visa Bulletin Progress and Predictions: An Update from Charlie Oppenheim

Charlie Oppenheim, the person in charge of the Visa Bulletin at the Department of State updated us on what his predictions are for future movement on the Visa Bulletin.

EB-2 numbers, India: Mr. Oppenheim stated that the jump of 8 months  in the January Bulletin was part of the correction for the large move backwards at the end of last fiscal year.  While he foresees this jumping 4-6 months each month for the next couple of months, he also feels that there will be a number of EB-3 upgrades and that this will cause large usage later in the fiscal year and could lead to slowing movement and even retrogression in this category.

EB-3 Numbers, Worldwide:  On January 1, 2016 this category will be at October 15, 2015, very close to being current.  However Mr. Oppenheim feels that there is significant numbers of these cases out there that USCIS has not reported, and feels that further movement in this category may be slower in the coming months.  However, he did not, at this time, mention anything about a possible retrogression in this category, which is a good sign.

Visa Waiting List:  Starting with the February Visa Bulletin, there will now be a new section – the Visa Waiting List, which will provide information on the waiting list at the National Visa Center for various categories of immigrant visas.  We will give more information as it is made available.

Please remember, as always, this blog does not offer legal advice. If you need legal advice, consult with a lawyer instead of a blog. Thank you.



Author: Adam Frank, Esquire

I am an immigration attorney with over 20 years of experience. I was graduated from Brandeis University undergrad in 1990 and then spent a year traveling around Central America. In 1991 I began attending the University of Baltimore School of Law and was graduated in 1994. I began working in Immigration Law in 1998 when I joined a small law firm and, in 2000 opened my own firm with my law partner Ed Leavy. Sadly, Ed passed away in 2011. I am still a partner in my own firm with my current partner Brendan Delaney. Our firm is Frank & Delaney Immigration Law, LLC.

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