The Visa Bulletin for April 2023 has been released by The U.S. Department of State. The visa bulletin has some shocking news for Indians. The state department has now retrogressed the final action dates for EB-2 visas for Indians. This was already predicted in last month’s bulletin because of the high demand. Here is everything you must know about this retrogression and the visa.
Everything About The Retrogression Of The EB-2 Visa For India
Every month, USCIS announces whether applicants who are already in the country should file “adjustment of status” applications based on the “Final Action Dates” or the “Dates for Filing.”
The State Department has retrogressed final action dates for all countries except China in April due to increased demand in the EB-2 category. The EB-2 visa has been delayed by nine months. It happened in October 2011 and has now been pushed back to January 2011.
According to the April bulletin, the EB-1 Worldwide final action dates remain the same, while the EB-2 Worldwide final action dates have been retrogressed. The EB-1 visas for India and China remain the same. India’s EB-2 has regressed, while its EB-3 remains the same. (as reported by Live Mint)
Setback For Green Card Holder
Another setback for green card holders who want to sponsor their spouses has occurred. Previously, the dates were valid, but they are no longer valid under the F2A visa. As a result, the spouses must wait for their green cards.
EB-2 visas are for all non-US citizens with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities. A holder of an EB-2 visa is considered a lawful and permanent resident of the United States.
Debarghya Das, who writes on Indian immigration and is an entrepreneur, also explained the new visa bulletin and how it is a huge setback for all Indians.
EB-2 final action date for Indians has retrogressed to Jan 1 2011 in the latest Visa Bulletin: HUGE setback!
—came to the US in 04 for an MS in 06
—got an H-1B in 08
—applied for EB2 in 10
Congrats! you can get your green card after being here for ~20yrs, at age 41.
— Deedy (@debarghya_das) March 24, 2023
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