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Friday, July 14, 2017

August 2017 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 Cutoff for All Countries; EB-3 India Advances 5 Months



In the August Visa Bulletin, EB-2 is no longer current for Mexico, Philippines and Other Countries.
These visa categories all retrogress to April 1, 2015.  This development was predicted previously by the State Department.

Since these categories will remain current before 08/01/2017, eligible applicants should submit their I-485 applications to adjust status immediately.

On the other hand, EB-3 India moves forward by 5 months to July 15, 2005.  There are no movements for EB-2 India and EB-3 China.

Family immigration categories have some moderate forward movements.  Please see the charts below for more information.

AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval)
FD : Dates for Filing Applications
      Family
Other Coountries
      China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
12/22/2010
12/22/2010
12/22/2010
02/01/1996
10/15/2006
FD
07/22/2011
07/22/2011
07/22/2011
04/01/1996
09/08/2007
F2A
AD
09/22/2015
09/22/2015
09/22/2015
09/01/2015
09/22/2015
FD
04/08/2016
04/08/2016
04/08/2016
04/08/2016
04/08/2016
F2B
AD
11/01/2010
11/01/2010
11/01/2010
07/01/1996
12/08/2006
FD
09/1/2011
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
08/08/1996
07/22/2007
F3
AD
07/08/2005
07/08/2005
07/08/2005
04/08/1995
01/22/1995
FD
12/01/2005
12/01/2005
12/01/2005
05/01/1995
02/01/1995
F4
AD
05/08/2004
05/08/2004
09/22/2003
09/15/1997
04/08/1994
FD
11/15/2004
11/15/2004
06/22/2004
01/08/1998
02/08/1995
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 Counties
China

El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
India
Mexico
Philippines
EB1
AD
C
01/01/2012
C
01/01/2012
C
C
FD
C
C
N/A
C
C
C
EB2
AD
04/01/2015
04/22/2013
04/01/2015
07/22/2008
04/01/2015
04/01/2015
FD
C
10/01/2013
N/A
02/01/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
C
01/01/2012
C
07/15/2006
C
06/01/2015
FD
C
09/01/2015
N/A
01/01/2007
C
01/01/2016
Other Workers
AD
C
01/01/2004
C
07/15/2006
C
06/01/2015
FD
C
06/01/2008
N/A
01/01/2007
C
01/01/2016
EB4
AD
C
C
09/15/2015
09/15/2015
09/15/2015
C
FD
C
C
N/A
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
06/15/2014
C
C
C
C
FD
C
09/01/2014
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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