The Department of State is now conducting a “Chats with Charlie” regarding the Visa Bulletin during which Charlie Oppenheim responds to questions about the Visa Bulletin. Take-aways from the first “Chats with Charlie” are set forth below.
- EB-1 China and EB-1 India: Charlie expects these categories to remain current through the rest of the fiscal year barring any extraordinary spikes in demand, which he does not anticipate.
- Charlie expects the Employment Based Final Action Dates to reach the dates in the Dates for Filing chart by the end of FY2021.
- EB-2 India: EB-2 India experienced dramatic forward movement in April 2021 and will continue to advance dramatically in May 2021.
- EB-3 China and EB-3 India: Charlie expects there to be even more aggressive forward movement in EB-3 China and EB-3 India in the coming months than what we have seen in March 2021 and April 2021. The EB-3 China and EB-3 India Final Action Dates are ahead of EB-2 China and EB-2 India respectively. Charlie believes there were a large number of downgrades but has no visibility into this likely demand until visa numbers are requested at the end of the adjustment of status processing.