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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. Movement in all categories remains consistent with Oppenheim’s predictions with great visibility into demand.

Demand for FB-1 Philippines and FB-2B Philippines is increasing significantly and beyond expectations, as is EB-3 Philippines. As a result, both categories will retrogress next month, with FB-1 Philippines retrogressing two years to January 1, 2005, and FB-2B Philippines retrogressing one year to July 1, 2006.

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: EB-2 China will advance less than one month to July 1, 2013, and EB-3 China will advance slightly more than one month to March 8, 2014.

EB-3 Philippines, however, saw its final action date remain Jan. 15, 2016, as demand has increased at an unforeseen rate in the past month. Oppenheim will watch this category carefully over the coming weeks.

All EB-4 subcategories will remain the same in December with the exception of EB-4 Mexico, which will advance three weeks to April 22, 2016. Additionally, EB-4 El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will advance one week to November 8, 2015.

The final action date for EB-5 China will advance two weeks in December, remaining consistent with Oppenheim’s predictions.

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