After the release of the August Visa Bulletin, Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS), provided his predictions on the future movement in the employment-based green card categories. They are summarized below:

EB-2 and EB-3 China

The Final Action date of Jan. 1, 2010, will see no movement after regression in the June 2016 Visa Bulletin. Charlie does not expect any forward movement in either of these categories for this fiscal year (which ends in September). However, he has predicted some movement in October for EB-2.

EB-2 and EB-3 India

Charlie predicted that EB-3 India should move forward to a “2015 Final Action date” in the September Visa Bulletin. Charlie also anticipates that the EB-2 final action date for India will remain one week out from India’s EB-3 date and that EB-2 India cut-off dates may advance in October.

EB-2 and EB-3 Worldwide

Charlie predicted that EB-3 worldwide will remain just shy of “current” through at least October. The August Visa Bulletin set a Feb. 1, 2014, Final Action date for EB-2 Worldwide; but Charlie has predicted that it will advance to “current” in October.

EB-1 China and India

Due to high demand, cut off dates for both China and India EB-1 were set for Jan. 1, 2010. Charlie predicted that EB-1 China and EB-1 India will become current again in October, or November at the latest.