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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

February 2017 Visa Bulletin: Movement Sluggish



In the February 2017 Visa Bulletin, EB-2 India stays unchanged; EB-3 India moves forward by only one week. EB-2 China and EB-3 China move forward by one month and three weeks respectively.  



EB-3 China remains ahead of EB-2 China.  Therefore, downgrading of the I-140 remains an option for Chinese-born applicants in order to expedite their green card application process.



EB-3 Philippines moves forward by 3 months.


Family First Preference advances 6 weeks to 2 months weeks for most countries, except Mexico, which only moves advances 2 weeks.  Other family categories for all countries have small advancements, i.e., 3 weeks.   Please see the charts below for details.



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

FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
02/22/2010
02/22/2010
02/22/2010
05/08/1995
12/01/2005
FD
01/01/2011
01/01/2011
01/01/2011
06/01/1995
05/01/2006
F2A
AD
04/15/2015
04/15/2015
04/15/2015
04/01/2015
04/15/2015
FD
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
F2B
AD
07/08/2010
07/08/2010
07/08/2010
11/08/1995
04/08/2006
FD
02/08/2011
02/08/2011
02/08/2011
06/01/1996
02/01/2007
F3
AD
03/22/2005
03/22/2005
03/22/2005
12/15/1994
09/08/1994
FD
08/22/2005
08/22/2005
08/22/2005
05/01/1995
01/01/1995
F4
AD
02/08/2004
01/22/2004
06/15/2003
05/22/1997
06/22/1993
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
Mexico
Philippines
EB1
AD
C
C
C
C
C
C
FD
C
C
N/A
C
C
C
EB2
AD
C
11/15/2012
C
04/15/2008
C
C
FD
C
03/01/2013
N/A
04/22/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
10/01/2016
10/01/2013
10/01/2016
03/22/2005
10/01/2016
10/15/2011
FD
C
05/01/2014
N/A
07/01/2005
C
09/01/2013
Other Workers
AD
10/01/2016
12/01/2005
10/01/2016
03/22/2005
10/01/2016
10/15/2011
FD
C
08/01/2009
N/A
07/01/2005
C
09/01/2013
EB4
AD
C
C
07/15/2015
C
07/15/2015
C
FD
C
C
N/A
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
04/15/2014
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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