The Department of State's (DOS) Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, Charlie Oppenheim, recently shared extensive information on the future availability of immigrant visas (green cards). The DOS is the government agency that controls and tracks the annual quotas on the issuance of green cards. Each month the DOS issues the Visa Bulletin which outlines the availability of green cards for that month. A summary of Mr. Oppenheim's comments is listed below:
- EB-1 will remain current.
- EB-2 World category will remain current.
- EB-2 China advanced about five months in March 2015 from March 15, 2010 to September 1, 2010 and may see another advancement in April 2015 as Chinese nationals continue to downgrade from EB-2 to EB-3.
- EB-2 India advanced significantly in March 2015 from September 1, 2005 to January 1, 2007 and will continue to advance, although not as drastically for April 2015.
- EB-3 China remains ahead of EB-2 China at October 22, 2011 and will continue to advance to encourage EB-2 China downgrades. After a few months, the EB-3 category may require a correction and be cut off.
- EB-3 India will continue to advance slowly at one to two weeks per month.
- EB-3 Mexico will advance with the EB-3 World category.
- EB-3 Philippines may require a correction at a later point in the fiscal year if there is too much demand.
- EB-5 China may be cut off in July 2015.
Month-to-month availability of immigrant visas varies and depends on many factors. These forecasts do not guarantee future availability.