USCIS Announces One-Year Advancement for EB-2 India Category

The Department of State has set the filing date, known as the application date, for the EB-2 category for India from September 1, 2013 to September 1, 2014. These are visa applications for immigrant or adjustment of employment status. visas based on second preference.

If you have an approved noncitizen immigrant visa application in the EB-2 category for India and a priority date before September 1, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages you to file an Adjustment of Status in April. Documentation requirements include medical examination report and vaccination report, Form I-693, as well as I-485. Although it is not necessary to file both simultaneously, filing them together can eliminate potential requests for evidence, which can slow down the processing of your filing. In addition, by filing these documents at the same time, the possibility of auction delays is minimized. According to USCIS, it may also avoid having to be interviewed.

USCIS continues to recommend and encourage eligible individuals to transfer the underlying basis of their adjustment of status to category EB-1 or EB-2 if the following conditions are met:

  • Visa is not available in the EB-3 category
  • Immigrant Petition Pending or Approved for Foreign Workers, Form I-140
  • Visa is available in the EB-1 or EB-2 category.

For more information, please see the Green Card for Employment-Based Immigrants page and the Visa Availability and Priority Dates page. If you have any questions about your noncitizen immigrant visa application, contact us at the ILBSG. We have extensive experience in upgrading and downgrading immigrant visa applications to maximize the chances of a successful outcome for our clients.