Is there any possibility for further movement in green card priority dates? How does the USCIS predict the date? Why do the dates move front and back? Is there any hope of staying in U.S.?


The movement of the priority dates is set by the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Control Office based on the total available visa numbers and the demand (which is determine by the number of cases the DOS receives that are eligible for final adjudication.) If there is more demand than there are numbers available, the priority date will move backwards (i.e. retrogress). If there are numbers available, the priority dates will move forward to allow sufficient cases to be approved during that fiscal year. If there is to be any significant change in the priority dates, it will likely come in the final quarter of the fiscal year (i.e. Summer). However, even this is not guaranteed. Long-term predictions are virtually impossible to make with any level of accuracy, but periodically the DOS will issue relatively short-term predictions. Any such reliable information will be published on MurthyDotCom as it becomes available. (14.Apr.2014)

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