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Green Card: Approval Rate of EB1 and EB2

As one can imagine, EB1 with its higher level of scrutiny has a much lower rate of acceptance than EB2. It may also be surprising how high the acceptance rate for EB2 visa actually is (around 90%). Another interesting stat to note is the sharp decrease in the number of application submitted in 2010. Below are the statistics published by USCIS on Feb. 28 2011 (E-11 is EB1 visa and E-12 is EB2 visa:

Table A: I-140 E-11 Approval/Denial by Fiscal Year 2005 to 2010

Fiscal Year Approvals Denials Approval Rate Denial Rate
2005 791 647 55% 45%
2006 1,646 1,032 61% 39%
2007 2,236 2,313 49% 51%
2008 2,329 2,667 47% 53%
2009 4,337 3,053 59% 41%
2010 3,200 1,998 62% 38%

Table B: I-140 E-12 Approval/Denial by Fiscal Year 2005 to 2010

Fiscal Year Approvals Denials Approval Rate Denial Rate
2005 5,042 340 94% 6%
2006 2,991 146 95% 5%
2007 2,459 283 90% 10%
2008 2,148 172 93% 7%
2009 3,893 300 93% 7%
2010 3,140 306 91% 9%
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