The Department of State (DOS) has released the March Visa Bulletin and all categories that were current in February, remained current for March. All categories for both India and China saw forward movement at a greater pace than in previous months with EB1 jumping forward over 6 mos. As expected, the USCIS has chosen not to honor the Dates for Filing Chart but, only accept I-485 filings based upon the Final Action Date chart. This position by the USCIS continues to leave those who’s I-485’s were rejected due to filing errors with no opportunity to re-file after correcting the deficiency.
Last week, the Department of State (DOS) released the March Visa Bulletin As expected, it showed very little forward movement for most categories. For example, India EB2 moved forward 3 days however, some categories such as EB3 Philippines moved forward 4 months. The USCIS announced that it will accept I-485 filings in March using the final action date chart not the dates for filing chart. This was the position taken by the USCIS throughout all of last year and we expect it to remain the same the rest of this year. It goes without saying that retrogression remains a major immigration issue.
The Department of State (DOS) has released the March Visa Bulletin and the rapid forward movement has slowed. The DOS also made predictions for future months. These predictions include: further EB3 worldwide (all other countries) may not move forward and in fact, if demand materializes, actually see a retrogression; EB2 India will see no forward movement; EB3 Philippines should expect 3-6 weeks each month. Retrogression remains a serious impediment to legal immigration to the U.S. and needs a legislative solution.