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Saturday, July 16, 2016

August 2016 Visa Bulletin: EB1 China and India Cutoff Dates


In the August 2016 Visa Bulletin, as predicted, a cutoff date of 01/01/2010 has been imposed to EB1 China and India's for Final Action.  The good news is that they are expected to become current again in October.  
A cutoff date has also been imposed in the EB2 Other Countries, Mexico and Philippines, for the first time. 
Final Action dates advance moderately for India, Mexico and Other Countries.  Final Action dates for Philippines' EB2 and EB3 categories move forward significantly by 3 months. The Filing Date of Philippines' EB3 also advances 3 years.  

Most family categories' Final Action dates advance moderately. China and India's F1 move forward by 3 months; F2B move forward by 1 and 1/2 months. 


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

FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
05/22/2009
05/22/2009
05/22/2009
03/08/1995
03/22/2005
FD
01/01/2010
01/01/2010
01/01/2010
04/01/1995
12/22/2005
F2A
AD
11/15/2014
11/15/2014
11/15/2014
09/01/2014
11/15/2014
FD
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
F2B
AD
01/08/2010
01/08/2010
01/08/2010
09/08/1995
09/15/2005
FD
02/08/2011
02/08/2011
02/08/2011
05/22/1996
02/01/2006
F3
AD
12/01/2004
12/01/2004
12/01/2004
10/22/1994
03/15/1994
FD
08/22/2005
08/22/2005
08/22/2005
05/01/1995
08/01/1995
F4
AD
09/15/2003
01/01/2003
01/01/2001
04/15/1997
02/01/1993
FD
06/15/2004
06/15/2004
05/01/2004
06/01/1998
07/15/1993

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
El Salvador Guatemala Honduras
India
Mexico
Philippines
EB1
AD
C
01/01/2010
C
01/01/2010
C
C
FD
C
C
N/A
C
C
C
EB2
AD
02/01/2014
01/01/2010
02/01/2014
11/15/2004
02/01/201402/01/2014
FD
C
06/01/2013
N/A
07/01/2009
C
C
      EB3
AD
03/15/2016
01/01/2010
03/15/2016
11/08/2004
03/15/2016
05/15/2009
FD
C
05/01/2015
N/A
07/01/2005
C
01/01/2013
    Other    Workers
AD
03/15/2016
01/01/2004
03/15/2016
11/08/2004
03/15/2016
05/15/2009
FD
C
08/01/2009
N/A
07/01/2005
C
01/01/2013
EB4
AD
C
C
01/01/2010
01/01/2010
01/01/2010
C
FD
C
C
N/A
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
02/15/2014
C
C
C
C
FD
C
05/01/2015
N/A
C
C
C


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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