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Form: (example I-130, I-140, I-485, etc)
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Q. What does the estimated time range mean?
A. This time range is how long it is taking USCIS to process your case from the date they received it. The first number is the time it takes to complete
50% of cases (the median). The second number is the time it takes to complete 93% of cases.
USCIS calculate processing times by using historical data of completed cases. They cannot project how long it will take to complete a case filed today. USCIS generally process cases in the order they
receive them. Please note that times may change without prior notice.
USCIS have also posted a “Receipt date for a case inquiry" in the table above to show when you can inquire about your case. If your
receipt date is before the “Receipt date for a
case inquiry", you can submit an “outside normal processing time” service request online.
NVC Case Processing Time:
- GC calculator is currently in beta version. We will continue to tweak the algorithm. So dates could slightly change.
- Please consider this calculator as a rough estimate. Please do NOT make important decisions based on this calculator.
- Since there are many factors which affects visa bulletin dates, even USCIS may not be able to accurately estimate when PD may be current.
In addition, every month these factors changes (which we cannot always estimate).
Some months the dates may move twice as fast, if demand is low. Some months the dates may not move at all, if demand is high.
- Your priority date have to be before visa bulletin cutoff date to be current. Example, if visa bulletin date is 05MAY11, your
priority date have to be May 4 or earlier to be current. If you PD is May 5, you will have to wait for next visa bulletin.
- To estimate dates for El Savador/Guatemala/Hondura, please select "Rest Of World" above.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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Q. How does USCIS/DOS determine Visa Bulletin Dates?
Visa Bulletin dates are based on supply and demand. Supply is fixed at 226,000 per year for family based (FB) categories. It is 140,000 per year
for employment based (EB) categories + any unused visas in FB categories.
Each FB and EB categories has sub categories (F1, F2A, F2B, F3, F4, EB1, EB2, EB3, EB4, EB5) which has its own quota. Visas are allocated quaterly. Also each country has 7% limit on total visas.
Example: EB2 India has an annual quota of 7% * 28.6% * 140,000 = 2802 visas per year. If the demand in EB2 India is more than 2802 per year, then DOS (Department Of State)
establishes a cuttoff date so that annual allocation does not exceed 2802 per year.
Q. What about spillovers?
Since all FB categories are retrogressed, there are no spillovers in FB categories (unless there are unused visas in EB category). EB categories have two spillovers:
(a) If there are any unused visas in FB categories, then
it is equally distributed among all EB categories.
(b) In the last quarter of fiscal year (July to Sept), DOS estimates how many
visas will be unused in EB1, EB4 and EB5 categories (which are Current) and allocates it
as follows: EB4 + EB5 --> EB1 --> EB2 --> EB3. DOS allocates these spillovers so that EB categories use up all available quota of 140,000 per year.
Q. How accurate is this calculator?
There are many factors which affects visa bulletin date movement. Most of these factors changes every month. Hence please consider this as a rough estimate.
Based on new data received from USCIS, the dates shown above can easily change every month (or sooner)
A good example of rapidly changing data is EB2 India category. Dates moved forward by around 3 years in few months. However in the next few months, it retrogressed by around six years and have stayed same for next 9 months.
Then it moved forward by 3 years, etc. There could be big changes in dates (based on many other factors such as spillovers, etc).
Q. The calculator is unable to predict some priority date? Why is that?
If we are unable to determine a "good estimate", the dates would be listed as "Unknown". A good example is EB2 India. Currently the people porting (upgrading) from EB3 India
to EB2 India is using up all available quota for EB2 India (which is around 2802 per year). In this case the only way EB2 India dates will move forward is when
it gets EB/FB spillovers. Since demand is changing every month in other EB categories, we cannot estimate how much spillovers will fall to EB2 India. Hence
estimate would be unknown at this time. This could change when we get new data from USCIS.
GC Tracker: If you have not done it yet, please remember to add or update your I-130 / NVC / I-140 / I-485 case in the free GC
tracker (which has thousands of cases):
It would be very useful to understand how USCIS is currently processing these cases in each category. It would also help in estimating date movements in future visa bulletin.
More Options: If you are new to immigration process or would like to see what other immigration options are available, please
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When Can I Get My Green Card: Get step-by-step details on when you can expect to
get your green card (including latest timeframe for each step of GC process for both EB and FB categories).
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Q. My priority date is current or will be current soon. What are the next steps?
If applicant is inside US, they can file I-485 application: https://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/04/how-to-file-i-485-application.html
If applicant is outside US and I-130/I-140 petition is approved, the application would be sent to NVC: https://www.mygcvisa.com/nvc/overview-after-nvc-petition-approved.aspx