Indian EB2 Green Card priority date movement prediction – 2019

Indian EB2 Green Card priority date may just go upto Feb 2019 in USCIS season from Sep 2018 to Aug 2019. 10k+ Indian i485 applications pending from 2009!

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  By Am22tech      Updated  2 Mar, 20


Indian EB-2 i485 make 97% of total pending applications

USCIS has shared real data on currently PENDING Green card applications that have already filed i485 form as of July 2018.

Number of people who have already filed their i-485 to adjust status to permanent resident.

EB2 BacklogIndiaChinaWorld (Includes India, China)
20104,677 (Jan-Apr)24,712

Only 227 cases of priority date of 2008 are pending for Indian EB2.
So, there are very good chances that Green card priority date will finish 2008 numbers in new season assuming no more EB3 to EB2 conversion have happened.

On the other hand, that Indian EB2 green card priority date queue might just touch the first couple of months in the new Green Card 2018-2019 season, as it did briefly in July 2018.

2009 EB2 India pending i485 – Take years to clear

As per official USCIS data, In 2017, only 2879 GCs were issued to EB2 India, which results in 150 years of waiting time in worst case for anyone filing their PERM today.

Going by the trend, the 10,831 cases pending for year 2009 means that it will take at-least 3-4 years to clear 2009 EB2 Indian backlog!

As a matter of fact, EB2 India has been just hovering around 2008 for last 4 years!

Compare with employment based Indian EB2 getting only 7% quota per year and 97% pending in just 2009!

Indian's hope of seeing a Green card in their whole life are getting dimmer each passing day!

EB2 India GC priority date prediction for 2019

Looking at the data as shared above, there are NO hopes of Indian EB2 GC queue even moving past Feb 2019 from Sep 2018 to Aug 2019 USCIS calendar.

Source: USCIS

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  13 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Karthik
    Karthik 23 Jan, 20 at 6:15 pm

    Hi my priority date is dec 2010 eb2. Would you suggest porting it to eb3? As eb3 is at feb 2010

  2. Kumar
    Kumar 3 Jul, 19 at 12:05 pm

    When can I expect at least an EAD, if my priority date is July 2011? Thank you…

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Jul, 19 at 2:39 pm

      That’s a million dollar question. Nobody knows.

  3. Manu
    Manu 4 Apr, 19 at 11:30 am

    Sorry ,My priority date in EB2 is September 10th 2009 , In the current scenario When can I expect my GC?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Apr, 19 at 4:08 pm

      First let your date get current and then check the i485 processing time once you have filed your Green card adjustment of status.

  4. Manu
    Manu 4 Apr, 19 at 11:15 am

    My priority date in EV2 is September 10th 2019 , in the current scenario. When can I expect my GC?

  5. Vandana
    Vandana 12 Mar, 19 at 9:33 pm

    How likely it is recommended to move from Eb2 to Eb3 if my Priorty date in November 2017

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Mar, 19 at 10:15 pm

      Do not move. Your priority date is about 100 years away. You have enough time to decide.

      • Manuj
        Manuj 15 Mar, 19 at 5:01 pm

        ha ha. Lets see if we alive to see. Average life time is 70 and if you are in IT then average age is 65. If you are brown, changes are there you will get bullet.
        so another 5 years life time.

  6. santosh vejja
    santosh vejja 18 Feb, 19 at 6:58 am

    We recently filed for i485 and my priority date is 08/18/2008 so what would be the likelyhood of getting green card

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 10:06 am

      What GC category have you filed your i485 with? India EB2?
      Current i485 processing times are tracked here.

      • santosh vejja
        santosh vejja 18 Feb, 19 at 10:51 am

        Yes india EB2 but i see the backlog for i485 for india and the world is only approx around 300 count for priority date year 2008

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 11:22 am

          You should get your Green card as per the timeline mentioned on the i485 tracking page (check with service center) since your PD is current in Indian EB2 employment based Final action chart for Feb 2019.

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