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Friday, November 18, 2016

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



In the December Visa Bulletin, EB-2 India advances 3 months.  EB-2 China and EB-3 China move forward 9 weeks and 2.5 months respectively.  

EB-3 China remains ahead of EB-2 China.  Therefore, downgrading of the I-140 remains an option for Chinese-born applicants.

EB-3 Philippines moves forward by 2 months.

Due to a large of number employment-based adjustment cases filed during late last winter, EB-1 India and China is expected to have a cutoff date (no longer current) later in the fiscal year. EB-3 India will only advance one week per month or not advance at all. 


Family First Preference advances 5.5 weeks for most countries.  Other family categories have small advancements. 

USE OF DATES FOR FILING APPLICATIONS BY USCIS -
USCIS has determined that applicants in the family-sponsored and employment-based, first through fourth preference categories may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart in the DOS Visa Bulletin for December 2016. 
However, employment-based, fifth preference applicants must use the Application Final Action Dates chart in the December Visa Bulletin.



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

FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
12/01/2009
12/01/2009
12/01/2009
04/15/1995
09/15/2005
FD
01/01/2011
01/01/2011
01/01/2011
06/01/1995
05/01/2006
F2A
AD
02/22/2015
02/22/2015
02/22/2015
02/15/2015
02/22/2015
FD
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
F2B
AD
05/08/2010
05/08/2010
05/08/2010
10/15/1995
03/01/2006
FD
02/08/2011
02/08/2011
02/08/2011
06/01/1996
02/01/2007
F3
AD
02/15/2005
02/15/2005
02/15/2005
12/08/1994
08/15/1994
FD
08/22/2005
08/22/2005
08/22/2005
05/01/1995
01/01/1995
F4
AD
12/22/2003
10/01/2003
04/01/2003
05/15/1997
05/22/1993
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
MexicoPhilippines
EB1
AD
C
C
C
C
C
C
FD
C
C
N/A
C
C
C
EB2
AD
C
09/22/2012
C
02/01/2008
C
C
FD
C
03/01/2013
N/A
04/22/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
07/01/2016
07/01/2013
07/01/2016
03/15/2005
07/01/2016
06/01/2011
FD
C
05/01/2014
N/A
07/01/2005
C
09/01/2013
Other Workers
AD
07/01/2016
11/01/2005
07/01/2016
03/15/2005
07/01/2016
06/01/2011
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
03/22/2014
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)

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