Department of StatE August 2016 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State released the August 2016 Visa Bulletin this week.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  For the second and third employment-based preference categories, Application Filing dates remained unchanged except for EB-3 Philippines which progressed 3 years to January 1, 2013 .

There was modest forward movement of 2 weeks for EB-2 and EB-3 India.  EB-2 and EB-3 China, remain unchanged with priority dates for both categories remaining at January 1, 2010.  Additionally, EB-1 China retrogressed to January 1, 2010.

EB-2 Worldwide will no longer be current and will retrogress to February 1, 2014.

Final Action dates for EB-3 Worldwide and EB-3 Mexico remain unchanged and EB-3 Philippines progressed 3 months to May 15, 2009.

Notably, EB-5 China Final Action dates continue to remains static at February 15, 2014.

As of today, July 12, 2016, USCIS has not advised whether in August 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.