Department of State March 2016 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State released the March 2016 Visa Bulletin this week.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  For the employment-based preference category, there was forward movement in the Final Action date for EB-2 India, which advanced 2.5 months from August 1, 2008 to October 15, 2008.  The Final Action date for EB-3 India progressed just one month to July 15, 2004.  There was forward movement in both the Filing dates and the Final Action dates for EB-2 and EB-3 China.  For EB-2 China, the Filing date progressed 5 months from January 1, 2013 to June 1, 2013 and the Final Action date progressed 5 months from March 1, 2012 to August 1, 2012.  For EB-3 China the Filing date progressed 1 year and 7 months from October 1, 2013 to May 1, 2015 and the Final Action date progressed 8 months from October 1, 2012 to June 1, 2013.  Moreover, the Filing dates for EB-3 Worldwide and EB-3 Mexico will be current and the Final Action dates will progress 3 months from October 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016. EB-5 China Final Action Dates advanced by just 7 days from January 15, 2014 to January 22, 2014.  As of today, February 9, 2016, USCIS has not advised whether in March 2016, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family or employment-based petitions based on filing dates, rather than final action dates. USCIS anticipates that this information will be released within one week of the monthly Visa Bulletin.