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Retrogression – Sounds like some mathematical concept (from regression, may be..)…But those of us that are prisoners to the immigration craziness in the US know that its not. In fact, it doesn’t seem to reflect any logic. Whether it’s the July 2007 sudden change in cut-off dates, or the H1-B caps that closed in 1 and 2 days respectively in 2007 and 2008 but seems to keep going forever in 2009, or today’s visa bulletin, it NEVER makes sense. Hey, look at the positive – USCIS keeps us on the edge – it’s like a TV game show – so who’ll go down this month!!?? Well, this month, it’s EB-3 category immigrant petitioners this time…retrogressed into unavailability.

It’s never a good thing when you see too many U’s in this chart..

mainland born
1st C C C C C
2nd C 15FEB05 15FEB04 C C
3rd U U U U U
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th C C C C C
Targeted Employ-ment Areas/
Regional Centers
5th Pilot Progams C C C C C

USCIS puts it plainly -

The cut-off dates for the Employment Third and Third preference “Other Worker” categories were held and then retrogressed in an effort to bring demand within the average monthly usage targets and the overall annual numerical limits.   Despite these efforts, the amount of demand received from Citizenship and Immigration Services Offices for adjustment of status cases with priority dates that were significantly earlier than the established cut-off dates remained extremely high.  As a result, these annual limits have been reached and both categories have become “Unavailable.”

Visa availability in these categories will resume in October, the first month of the new fiscal year.

And what will happen next year? The same thing! Unless something changes in the way the Obama administration under Hilda Solis does something about this, at this time, logic says that EB3 petitioners with cut-off dates in 2007 or later will wait 6-10 years before they pick up their green card in their mail box. 10 years! OK, that’s about 25% of my professional life. In 10 years, my goal was to be somewhere else -  a lot different than today – but so what? USCIS doesn’t care. I am a software engineer and that’s what they approved me to come in as. So, I better just shut my trap and stay put in my job for a decade OR just go back home. The US doesn’t need us.

Personally, I guess I don’t have the courage to make that move back rapidly. It takes a lot of effort to make it here. But I have a plan…will talk about it in the next few days..

I expect to get my green card in:

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