Department of State April 2016 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State released the April 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, Application Filing dates remained unchanged and there was modest forward movement in the Final Action dates for most preference categories. EB-2 & EB-3 India both advanced 3 weeks with EB-2 India moving from October 15, 2008 to November 8, 2008 and EB-3 India progressing from July 15, 2004 to August 8, 2004.  EB-2 China Final Action dates progressed 1 month from August 1, 2012 to September 1, 2012 and EB-3 China Final Action dates progressed 2.5 months from June 1, 2013 to August 15, 2013.  Moreover, Final Action dates for EB-3 Worldwide and EB-3 Mexico both progressed 1.5 months from January 1, 2016 to February 15, 2016. The EB-5 China Final Action date advanced by just 1 week from January 22, 2014 to February 1, 2014.  As of today, March 10, 2016, USCIS has not advised whether in April 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.