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Advanced Movement in EB-2 Category for India

USCIS has announced a large decline in the filing of employment-based immigrant petitions in the EB-1 category (Priority Worker, including Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors and Researchers; and certain Multinational Executives and Managers). The reduction in EB-1 filings began in October 2010 and continues to be in decline. As a result, the unused numbers will be reallocated to the EB-2 category (Members of Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability). Currently, at least 12,000 additional numbers will be made available to the EB-2 category. The unused numbers will be distributed according to the priority date order and India has the greatest concentration of early dates. Therefore, the EB-2 category for India with a current cut-off date of May 2006 will soon be experiencing an advancement in the movement of priority dates.

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