Quote from flight027
can someone help me understand this provision from the latest US visa bulletin:
"Issue: The Schedule A Workers category has become oversubscribed for November and a cut-off date established to hold number use within the 50,000 numerical limit. It is expected that demand will bring allocations up to the program limit during November. Once the limit is reached no further allocations will be possible, and the category listing will be removed from future cut-off date tables. "
The reason why DOS put a cut off date is because of the 50,000 visas allocated last year, only around 1,000 visas are left as some immigration columns said.
Since Schedule A is also in high demand with 1,000 visas left, they have to put a cut off date in order for them to process visas according to their PD. This means those with PDs after the Oct 2005 cut off have to wait for their visas to be processed and their chance for interview I am referring this to consular processing. I am not familair about AOS but I think the same principle applies except the advantage for those in AOS with their EAD is that they are already working in the US and the manner of receiving the immigrant visas will just have to wait later. Please correct me if I am wrong here.
Remember, before May 2005, you won't find any Schedule A in the Visa Bulletin because at that time Schedule A falls under the EB3 allocation. Only when Pres. Bush signed the bill to "recapture" the 50,000 visas when we became familiar with the term Schedule A. Because the bill specified that the 50,000 visas will only be for nurses and PTs and these occupations belong to Schedule A. And Schedule A workers does not require labor certifications hence processing is faster if it is current.
As mentioned in the Visa Bulletin, once the allocated 50,000 are all used up, the category listing Schedule A will be removed from future cut off dates and then nurses will fall under EB3 cut off dates which means the cut off datres will move backward. Remember, in EB3, nurses will be competing with other professions for visas..
AS of now, it is election time here, the retrogression is farthest from the minds of the politicians here. Other important issues are at hand, like North Korea, Iran, Iraq. And one thing , immigration is a thorny issue among Americans here and congressmens and senators don't want to create trouble with their constituents becasue they want their votes.
The only thing possible for both houses of the congress to move on a bill for addtional visas is for people to lobby the congress like what the American Hospital Asociation did in 2005.
Anything that will be done to alleviate this backlog could happened anytime by the middle of next year.
In my recollections, backlogs happened during 1998 and 2005. So this is not new. This is due to the supply and demand.