EB2 India Green Card Prediction for Jan 2023 Bulletin and beyond
EB2 may reach Dec 2014 again in 2023 due to the extra 60k spillover from Family GCs. Slow movement in EB2 is expected until May 23. EB3 may only reach end of 2013.
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Family spillover to employment is 60k GC in FY 2023.
This means a total of 200k GCs will be available for the employment-based category. This was supposed to be good news for Indians but USCIS has spoiled it by estimating that ROW (the rest of the world) is going to use all the numbers.
Many attorneys have been preparing to file a lawsuit too to challenge USCIS’s interpretation of giving away the full spillover to ROW instead of giving it to the most backlogged country which is Indian and China.
Also, USCIS officially says that thousands of i485 applications are still pending from 2010 to 2014:
- EB2 India: About 40k EB2 India i485 applications are still pending
- EB3 has about 25k i485 pending from 2012 to 2014.
We are not sure if the bulk of these pending applications are duplicates since most of the people filed downgrades to EB3 and then refiled in EB2 too. USCIS has not clarified this in the court filing.
Will EB2 India reach Dec 2014 by Sep 2023 bulletin?
The chances of EB2 India reaching 2014 are very low given that USCIS has taken the stance of equally distributing the spillover among all countries.
Unless any lawsuit changes this stance, Indians are in for a big shock.
We estimate that EB3 India will move forward while EB2 India will stay around 2011-2013 by the end of Sep 2023 now.
USCIS had told the court in 2022 that the dates for EB2 should not be retrogressed and will stay current if they were current in July 2022. But, they changed their stance suddenly in Sep 2022 court filing:
Will 60k new Family to Employment Spillover Help EB2 India?
Unfortunately, not in 2023 as USCIS is equally dividing the spillover GCs among all countries and applying the 7% cap.
USCIS has estimated that EB2 Indians will only get a total of about 4k GC in 2023. They are also estimating that EB1 India will also get a restricted date starting Jan 2023 bulletin.
This essentially means that the bull run for Indians has ended. The pre-covid speed of the visa bulletin is back sooner than estimated.
- The EB3 India should still move forward and may reach 2014 as per our estimation.
- EB2 India may still not see much movement as it has a high number of people already waiting in line.
- People with i485 pending in both EB3 and EB2 will benefit.
Predictions for 2023
Stay positive and hope for the best.
We estimate these dates to be possible in the next 12 bulletins:
Predictions – India – Final Action
|Jan 2023||Sep 9, 2012|
|Feb 2023||Oct 24, 2012|
|Mar 2023||Apr 16, 2013|
|Apr 2023||Jul 29, 2013|
|May 2023||Sep 25, 2013|
|Jun 2023||Nov 13, 2013|
|Jul 2023||Apr 13, 2014|
|Aug 2023||Jul 21, 2014|
|Sep 2023||Sep 16, 2014|
|Oct 2023||Oct 23, 2014|
|Nov 2023||Oct 28, 2014|
|Dec 2023||Nov 2, 2014|
|Jan 2024||Nov 7, 2014|
|Jan 2023||Jan 16, 2012|
|Feb 2023||Apr 28, 2012|
|Mar 2023||Aug 18, 2012|
|Apr 2023||Dec 5, 2012|
|May 2023||Mar 20, 2013|
|Jun 2023||Jul 14, 2013|
|Jul 2023||Oct 27, 2013|
|Aug 2023||Jan 31, 2014|
|Sep 2023||May 12, 2014|
|Oct 2023||May 18, 2014|
|Nov 2023||Jun 3, 2014|
|Dec 2023||Jun 5, 2014|
|Jan 2024||Jun 7, 2014|
|Feb 2024||Jun 9, 2014|
If you have already filed your i485 but have not submitted the medicals, we strongly recommend interfiling the i693 form and improving your chances of getting a Green card earlier than others in the queue.
Our predictions are based on these numbers that we think are possible. You can estimate dates based on your own understanding too.
This app uses publicly available i140 data from USCIS and then mimics the per-month visa allocation based on various factors.
Visa Bulletin Predictions App >
The employment spillovers happen in this order:
- EB4 and EB5 extra green cards are given to EB1.
- EB1’s unused GC numbers are given to EB2 ROW (The rest of the world).
- EB2’s ROW is shared horizontally with backlogged countries like India and China. The most backlogged country gets the most GCs as per the best understanding.
- EB3 ROW is supposed to get unused GC from EB2 which is almost impossible since EB2 India and China have huge backlogs.
- EB3 does not spill over to anyone as per our understanding.
In a nutshell, this is the funnel for spillovers within employment-based categories:
- Unused EB4+EB5 ->
- EB1 ROW ->
- Unused EB1 ->
- EB2 ROW ->
- EB2 Backlogged (most backlogged first) ->
- EB3 ROW ->
- EB3 Backlogged (most backlogged first)
If you want to understand how this whole setup works, head over to the HappySchools blog who has explained spillover sharing details within EB categories in a really simple way.
Estimate My Green Card Date
You can estimate your own green card date based on the same AI algorithm which we use for predicting visa bulletins.
Open App in new Window >
- Visit the My Green Card Estimate App here.
- Enter your country of birth and employment-based GC category. You can leave the options as default.
- Click the ‘Estimate My GC Date‘ button and see the visa bulletin that may get you the Green card.
This is what the estimated values look like.
This will help you make a decision with respect to filing EB2 to EB3 downgrade and collecting documents for filing i485 if you have a good chance of getting current in the near future.
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You should be ready to file i-485 documents if the dates move forward quickly as the window might not stay open for long.
How to Get a Green Card Fast?
Unless the US Immigration law is changed, to remove country-based GC limits with a law like S386, there is no real possibility of any Indian joining the EB2 Green card queue, to get a Green card in his/her lifetime.
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Recent discussion on forum
Your app cant predict the dates accurately, because USICS always acts in a different way. So far, I haven’t see any time your app predicted, it’s not your app fault, but USICS methods.
Thanks for the feedback. It happens as USCIS uses manual method and probably moves dates based on political and other factors that are out of control.
They also probably hold the dates based on their assumptions about how many ROW (rest of world) numbers are needed which is just a wild speculation.
If they go by actual i140 numbers, the app prediction will probably be a lot closer to reality.
It is working. But it gives earlier date when I put 50% wastage and a later date when I put 25% wastage. I don’t understand why
It happens because if there is less wastage, then EB2 may get more GCs than EB3.
So, if there is less wastage overall, the EB2 will win in the long run.
I think I didn’t put it correctly perhaps. What I meant was when the wastage is 50% it shows my pd in 2014 as reachable in Aug 2022 but if I put it as 25% wastage then it shows it reachable in May 2023. Surely with less wastage it should reach earlier right? Or am I missing something?
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