Why Visa Applicants Outside the US Wait Longer

Why EB2, EB3 Applicants Wait Longer Overseas


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Why Visa Applicants Outside the US Wait Longer
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Posted on June 30, 2012

Immigrant visa applicants outside the United States compete for the same limited visa numbers allocated per country.  Even those in the US who have overstayed their stay or are no longer in legal status would be able to get their residency faster than those waiting to be interviewed for their immigrant visas at consular posts, such as the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

Tough luck, but that’s true.  Consider the following observation by a Lawyer Immigrant Advocate Matthew Oh of Minnesota:

“Determination of visa cut-off dates for the monthly Visa Bulletin relies on so many variable or even unpredictable consumption of visa demands by the USCIS and Visa Posts throughout the world. In the employment-based immigration cases, reportedly 85% to 90% numbers are consumed by the USCIS for the EB-485 approvals. What will be demands from EB-485 applications in the new fiscal year is anyone's game of speculation, but unconfirmed sources indicate as follows based on some information from the Department of State:

  • The world-wide cut-off date for EB-2 is likely to change to "Current" in October 2012, meaning that there will be no EB-2 visa number regression coming October 1, 2012 for the world-wide countries other than India and China.
  • EB-2 cut-off date for India and China is likely to move back to August or September 2007, the previous cut-off date before it became unavailable lately. Again the same unconfirmed sources indicate that the new October 2012 cut-off date for India and China EB-2 may not further progress for the first two quarters of FY 2013 which ends on March 31, 2013.

Mr. Oh closes “optimistically” by saying that “the foregoing prediction will be wiped out if the Congress passes H.R. 3012, eliminating employment-based visa per country annual limitation. “  HR 3012, however, seems dead in the water.

How many I-140 / EB cases are being processed?

Take note that I-140 approvals do not mean visas would be available.  Visas are to be issued (for immigrant visa applicants outside the United States or adjustment of status interviews scheduled (for those in the United States) when the priority date becomes current.

The figures below show more green card applicants in the United States will get their residency faster than those waiting for their immigrant visas outside the US.

Yes, being a TNT is risky, but it also has rewards.

 

 

 TSC

 

NSC

 

National

 

Pending

 

10,745

 

930

 

11,714

 

Customer action waiting

 

1,876

 

2,382

 

4,257

 

Completed

 

4,438

 

2,492

 

6,932

 

New receipts

 

3,041

 

1,629

 

4,670

 

As of April 2012, how many I-485 or adjustment of status applications are pending?

 

 

 TSC

 

NSC

 

National

 

Pending

 

55,218

 

35,658

 

 
Preadjudicated

 

46,066

 

41,884

 

 
Customer action waiting

 

3,165

 

7,923

 

 
Completed

 

6,951

 

11,300

 

 
New receipts

 

8,757

 

9,584

 

 

 

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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