India has hit its annual limit for second-preference, employment-based immigrant visas (EB-2), meaning no more are available effective immediately, according to the February 2008 Department of State Visa Bulletin.
The category will remain unavailable for the remainder of fiscal year 2008, which ends Sept. 30, 2008. New numbers should be released Oct. 1, 2008.
Second-preference employment visas are those for members of the professions holding advanced degrees or persons of exceptional ability, including National Interest Waiver cases.
During the last couple of months, this category for India had been retrogressing due to heavy demand, signaling it would soon be oversubscribed. Between the November and December bulletins, the cut-off date moved from April 1, 2004 to Jan. 1, 2002, then in January it moved back to Jan. 1, 2000.