Department of State Issues Revised October Visa Bulletin, EB-2 China and India Filing Dates Retrogress

Today, September 25, 2015, the Department of State (DOS) released a revised October Visa Bulletin. The revised version supersedes the version that was originally published only a few weeks ago, on September 9, 2015. The changes come on the heels of the announcement made by USCIS and DOS earlier this month, implementing revised procedures for determining immigrant visa availability.  The agencies indicate that the revisions have been made to "better reflect a timeframe justifying immediate action in the application process."

The revisions impact the Family-Based Filing Dates for F-1 and F-3 Mexico, the Employment-Based Filing Dates for EB-2 China and India, as well as EB-3 and "Other Workers" for the Philippines, and delay when individuals in these categories will become eligible to file an application for adjustment of status.

D&S has updated the monthly Summary of the family and employment based priority dates to reflect these changes, including the new dates in bold