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Update from Charlie Oppenheim

In his monthly report on the current trends and future projections of the visa bulletin, Charles ("Charlie") Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, to provide additional insight going forward.

Family Based Projections:

Staying consistent with Charlie’s predictions, most categories have either remained the same or have advanced anywhere from three to five weeks. FB-1 and FB-2B Philippines are seeing an increase in demand. However, Charlie expects FB-1 to normalize come December.

Meanwhile, demand for FB-4 India is lower than Oppenheim anticipated, previously. This could result in advancement.

Employment Based Projections:

EB-1 China and India are expected to remain current for the foreseeable future, as are EB-2 and EB-3 Worldwide.

EB-2 India, however, saw an advancement of three weeks, which remains consistent with Charlie’s predictions. The final action date for EB-3 India will hold steady at October 15, 2006, for November, and Oppenheim is confident that this date will continue to hold in December.

EB-2 and EB-3 China continue to advance by ~ four weeks, but Oppenheim is keeping an eye on the demand for these categories, as he anticipates that the new USCIS interview requirement for Green Card applicants could result in some changes.

As expected, EB-3 Philippines advanced by six weeks to April 1, 2016 in November.

All EB-4 subcategories will remain the same in November with the exception of EB-4 Mexico, which will advance one month to April 1, 2016. Oppenheim expects to advance EB-4 Mexico, albeit slowly, as demand seems to have decreased when in comparison to the last fiscal year. However, Oppenheim encourages attorneys to remain cautious as the final action date for EB-4 Mexico could be similar to that of EB-4 El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras later this fiscal year.

The final action date for EB-5 China will advance one week, remaining consistent with Oppenheim’s predictions.

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