In the last few years we have usually seen full recovery of the EB-1 India Final Action Dates, in October when a new Fiscal year starts. It was anticipated that EB-1 India Final Action visa dates would at least move to February 2017 from October 1, 2019 – this was based on information from the State Department. It was expected that unused numbers from EB-4 and EB-5 categories would be available for EB-1 India – that has not happened. The Final Action Date for EB-1 India remains at January 01, 2015 in the October Visa Bulletin.

As per Charlie Oppenheim of the State Department, EB-1 India will be subject to their minimum statutory limits of (approximately) 2,803 visa numbers for at least the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2020. So, what does this mean? For planning purposes, we should not expect EB-1 India to become current at any time in the foreseeable future. Charlie further predicts that there will not be any movement for EB-1 India until January 2020 at the earliest as there are currently approximately 16,000 EB-1 India applicants that were interviewed, adjudicated, and are simply waiting for a visa to become available. Potential upgrades from EB-2 India could make EB-1 India backlogs worse. EB-1 India is therefore expected to remain severely backlogged for years, but it is too early to predict what the date movement may be in the coming years

At GLF will continue to follow further developments in this matter and we will provide updates through our Newsletter as and when they become available.

GLF receives numerous emails and phone calls every day asking for comment on various proposed bills and media reports that are often inaccurate. It is our job to separate fact from fiction and advice clients on important updates that are relevant. The best way to receive accurate information is through GLF Newsletters. We encourage you (and your employees) to sign up for GLF Newsletter. If you are not already signed up to receive our Newsletters, please do so by visiting and signing up under the Newsletter Tab. All we need is your name and email address and it takes very little time to sign up. You can also review all of our earlier GLF Newsletters on our website

Posted in: Newsletter