The New York Times has reported that about 300,000 applications were filed by skilled workers and professionals from July 1 to August 17, 2007. This figure was extremely high compared to a monthly average of 54,700 applications filed before July.
The dramatic increase was due to the increase of filing fees effective July 30, 2007 and the reversal of the USCIS July 2 memo rejecting adjustment of status applications whose priority dates were current under the July 2007 visa bulletin.
While the adjustment applicants may be entitled to interim benefits such as employment authorization, the high volume of applications will certainly prolong their wait time for their green cards due to the annual limits imposed by law on the preference categories.
Source: OFW Guide
Three hundred thousand is a massive figure alright. It just goes to show that the United States is still the ultimate destination for most migrants. But looking at the huge backlog because of this increase, why don’t applicants try to explore and consider other first world countries to migrate to and save themselves a lot of time? Just my two cents. 😉