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Saturday, February 25, 2017

March 2017 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China and Philippines Advance 5+ Months



In the March 2017 Visa Bulletin, EB-2 India advances 1.5 months while EB-3 India remains unchanged. EB-2 China moves forward by one month while EB-3 China jumps forward by 5.5 months!  


EB-3 China remains significantly 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 also leaps forward by 5 months.


Family First Preference advances 3 months for China, India and Other Countries. Other family categories have smaller advancements.   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
06/01/2010
06/01/2010
06/01/2010
05/15/1995
12/15/2005
FD
01/01/2011
01/01/2011
01/01/2011
06/01/1995
05/01/2006
F2A
AD
05/08/2015
05/08/2015
05/08/2015
04/22/2015
05/08/2015
FD
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
11/22/2015
F2B
AD
08/15/2010
08/15/2010
08/15/2010
11/22/1995
05/01/2006
FD
02/08/2011
02/08/2011
02/08/2011
06/01/1996
02/01/2007
F3
AD
04/22/2005
04/22/2005
04/22/2005
12/22/1994
09/08/1994
FD
08/22/2005
08/22/2005
08/22/2005
05/01/1995
01/01/1995
F4
AD
02/22/2004
02/22/2004
07/22/2003
06/01/1997
08/01/1993
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
12/15/2012
C
06/01/2008
C
C
FD
C
03/01/2013
N/A
04/22/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
12/01/2016
03/15/2014
12/01/2016
03/22/2005
12/01/2016
03/15/2012
FD
C
05/01/2014
N/A
07/01/2005
C
09/01/2013
Other Workers
AD
12/01/2016
02/01/2006
12/01/2016
03/22/2005
12/01/2016
03/15/2012
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
05/01/2014
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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