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Sunday, October 23, 2016

November 2016 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 China /India, EB-3 Philippines Advance




In the November Visa Bulletin, employment-based visa categories continue to advance. EB-2 India advances 9.5 months to 11/01/2007.  EB-2 China moves forward by 5 months to 7/15/2012. EB-3 China moves forward by three months to 04/15/2013 while EB-3 Philippines advances 4 months to 04/01/2011.  Most family-based visa categories advance moderately. 

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


FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
10/22/2009
10/22/2009
10/22/2009
04/08/1995
09/01/2005
FD
01/01/2011
01/01/2011
01/01/2011
06/01/1995
05/01/2006
F2A
AD
01/22/2015
01/22/2015
01/22/2015
01/08/2015
01/22/2015
FD
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
F2B
AD
04/15/2010
04/15/2010
04/15/2010
10/08/1995
02/15/2006
FD
02/08/2011
02/08/2011
02/08/2011
06/01/1996
02/01/2007
F3
AD
01/22/2005
01/22/2005
01/22/2005
12/01/1994
08/08/1994
FD
08/22/2005
08/22/2005
08/22/2005
05/01/1995
01/01/1995
F4
AD
12/01/2003
08/01/2003
02/15/2003
05/08/1997
05/08/1993
FD
07/01/2004
07/01/2004
05/01/2004
12/01/1997
04/01/1994

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
C
C
C
C
C
FD
C
C
N/A
C
C
C
EB2
AD
C
07/15/2012
C
11/01/2007
C
C
FD
C
03/01/2013
N/A
04/22/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
07/01/2016
04/15/2013
07/01/2016
03/08/2005
07/01/2016
04/01/2011
FD
C
05/01/2014
N/A
07/01/2005
C
09/01/2013
Other Workers
AD
07/01/2016
09/01/2005
07/01/2016
03/08/2005
07/01/2016
04/01/2011
FD
C
08/01/2009
N/A
07/01/2005
C
09/01/2013
EB4
AD
C
C
07/15/2015
C
C
C
FD
C
C
N/A
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
03/08/2014
C
C
C
C
FD
C
06/15/2014
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)


Adjustment of Status

The following are the USCIS instructions regarding the use of the above State Department visa bulletin for filing the I-485 adjustment of status application:

For Family-Sponsored Filings:
You must use the Dates for Filing Family-Sponsored Visa Applications chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for November 2016.

For Employment-Based 1st through 4th Preference Filings:
You must use the Dates for Filing of Employment Based Visa Applications chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for November 2016.

For Employment-Based 5th Preference Filings:
You must use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for November 2016. Please see more explanation below.






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