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Thursday, April 14, 2016

May 2016 Visa Bulletin: Family Categories Advance


In the May 2016 Visa Bulletin, there are moderate advancements in most family visa categories. Family 2B Action Date advances two and a half months for China, India and Other Countries. Philippines Family 2B advances by one month.  Family 1st advances two months for China, India, Mexico and Other Countries.  Philippines Family 1st advances for three months. However, there are no changes in the Filing Date Table.  The National Visa Center (NVC) is still trying to work through the current backlog of cases.

For employment categories:
Final Action Table: EB-2 India advances slightly to 11/22/2008. EB-3 India moves forward by three weeks to 09/01/2004. EB-3 Philippines moves forward by three (3) months to 08/08/2008. EB-5 China advances slightly to 02/01/2014.

Filing Date Table:  There is very little movement in the EB-2 and EB-3 categories. There are no changes in the EB-2 India categories.  EB-2 China edges forward by two weeks to 06/01/2013.  Other Workers jumps forward by eight months to 04/01/2008.  


AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval)
FD : Dates for Filing Applications

FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
11/22/2008
11/22/2008
11/22/2008
02/08/1995
10/01/2004
FD
10/01/2009
10/01/2009
10/01/2009
04/01/1995
09/01/2005
F2A
AD
11/01/2014
11/01/2014
11/01/2014
08/15/2014
11/01/2014
FD
06/15/2015
06/15/2015
06/15/2015
06/15/2015
06/15/2015
F2B
AD
09/01/2009
09/01/2009
09/01/2009
09/08/1995
05/01/2005
FD
12/15/2010
12/15/2010
12/15/2010
04/01/1996
05/01/2005
F3
AD
12/01/2004
12/01/2004
12/01/2004
10/08/1994
01/22/1994
FD
08/01/2005
08/01/2005
08/01/2005
05/01/1995
08/01/1995
F4
AD
07/22/2003
07/22/2003
07/22/2003
04/08/1997
10/01/1992
FD
05/01/2004
05/01/2004
05/01/2004
06/01/1998
01/01/1993

1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,000 per year).
2A: The 2 "A" preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.
2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.
3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens.(about 23,000 per year)
4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)


EMPLOYMENT
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
EB1
AD
C
C
C
C
C
FD
C
C
C
C
C
EB2
AD
C
09/01/2012
11/22/2008
C
C
FD
C
06/01/2013
07/01/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
02/15/2016
08/15/2013
09/01/2004
02/15/2016
08/08/2008
FD
C
05/01/2015
07/01/2005
C
01/01/2010
Other Workers
AD
02/15/2016
04/22/2007
09/01/2004
02/15/2016
08/08/2008
FD
C
04/01/2008
07/01/2005
C
01/01/2010
EB4
AD
C
C
C
C
C
FD
C
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
02/08/2014
C
C
C
FD
C
05/01/2015
C
C
C

Note:  In May, a final action date of January 1, 2010 will be imposed for EB-4 and certain religious workers from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. 

1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding               prof./researchers)
2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.
3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)
4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious & others)
5th: Employment Creation (Investors)

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