NewsFlash! EB2 India Unavailable Until October 1, 2014

The Murthy Law Firm has received confirmation from Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS), that the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India became “unavailable” on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, and will remain so until October 1st, which is the beginning of fiscal year 2015. Per Chief Oppenheim: “[t]hat action has no impact on the pre-adjudicated cases for which [a visa number was already issued] … Applicants can continue to file based on the original cutoff date listed in the September [2014 Visa Bulletin]. USCIS Offices may continue to accept and process [EB2 India] cases, based on the original cutoff date listed in the September [bulletin], and submit them in the normal manner. However, instead of being acted upon immediately, those cases will be held in the Visa Office’s ‘Pending Demand’ file until October 1, 2014, at which time, all eligible cases will be automatically authorized.”

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