Department of State May 2019 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the May 2019 Visa Bulletin. D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the employment-based priority dates.

With respect to Final Action Dates, EB-1 China and EB-1 India remained backlogged at February 22, 2017. All other EB-1 categories progressed by 1 month to March 1, 2018. EB-2 China progressed by 6 weeks to May 15, 2016 and EB-2 India progressed by only 4 days to April 16, 2009. All other EB-2 chargeability areas remain current. EB-3 Philippines progressed by 3 months to June 1, 2018. EB-3 India and EB-3 China progressed modestly to July 1, 2009 and August 22, 2015, respectively. All other EB-3 areas of chargeability remain current. EB-5 Non-Regional Center and EB-5 Regional Center final action dates are current with the exception of China and Vietnam, which are backlogged at September 22, 2014 and September 22, 2016 respectively.

Application filing dates for EB-1 India and China held at October 1, 2017 and all other EB-1 categories progressed 3 months to September 1, 2018. EB-2 India remained unchanged and EB-3 China progressed 2 months to September 1, 2016. All other EB-2 application filing dates remain current. EB-3 workers across all areas of chargeability remain unchanged, except for EB-3 Philippines which progressed by 3 months to October 01, 2018. Application filing dates for EB-5 Regional Center and Non-Regional Center remain current with the exception of China, which is backlogged at October 8, 2014.

As of today, April 16, 2019, USCIS has not advised whether, in May 2019, it will accept adjustment of status applications for employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.


Department of State April 2019 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the April 2019 Visa Bulletin. D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the employment-based priority dates.

With respect to Final Action Dates, EB-1 China and EB-1 India remained backlogged at February 22, 2017. All other EB-1 categories progressed by 1 month to February 1, 2018. EB-2 China progressed by 3 months to April 01, 2016 and EB-2 India progressed by only 3 days to April 12, 2009. All other EB-2 chargeability areas remain current. EB-3 India and EB-3 China progressed to June 22, 2009 and August 1, 2015 respectively. All other EB-3 areas of chargeability remain current. EB-5 Non-Regional Center and EB-5 Regional Center final action dates are current with the exception of China and Vietnam, which are backlogged at September 15, 2014 and August 22, 2016 respectively.

Application filing dates for EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 workers across all areas of chargeability remain unchanged, except for EB-2 China which progressed by 2 months to July 01, 2016, EB-2 India which moved to June 1, 2009, and EB-3 Philippines which progressed by 4 months to July 01, 2018. Application filing dates for EB-5 Regional Center and Non-Regional Center remain current with the exception of China, which is backlogged at October 8, 2014.

As of today, March 14, 2019, USCIS has not advised whether, in April 2019, it will accept adjustment of status applications for employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.


Department of State February 2019 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the February 2019 Visa Bulletin. D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the employment-based priority dates.

With respect to Final Action Dates, EB-1 China and EB-1 India progressed to February 8, 2017. All other EB-1 categories progressed by 2 month to December 1, 2017. EB-2 China progressed by 2 months to October 01, 2015 and EB-2 India progressed by only 5 days to April 6, 2009. All other EB-2 chargeability areas remain current. EB-3 Philippines progressed by 5 weeks to August 1, 2017. EB-3 India and EB-3 China progressed to April 22, 2009 and July 01, 2015 respectively. All other EB-3 areas of chargeability remain current. EB-5 Regional Center is currently unavailable. EB-5 Regional Center final action dates are current with the exception of China, which remains backlogged at September 1, 2014, and Vietnam, which progressed by 15 days to June 15, 2016.

Application filing dates for EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 workers across all areas of chargeability remain unchanged, except for EB- 2 China which progressed by over one month to November 01, 2015 and EB-3 Philippines which moved by two months to October 01, 2017. Application filing dates for EB-5 Regional Center and Non-Regional Center remain current with the exception of China which remains backlogged at October 1, 2014.

As of today, January 14, 2019, USCIS has not advised whether in February 2019 it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.


Department of State January 2019 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the January 2019 Visa Bulletin. D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.

With respect to Final Action Dates, all EB-1 chargeability areas progressed by 3 months. EB-2 China progressed by 1 month to August 1, 2015 and EB-2 India remains backlogged at April 1, 2009. All other EB-2 chargeability areas remain current. EB-3 Philippines progressed by 1 week to June 22, 2017. EB-3 China and EB-3 India remain backlogged at June 8, 2015 and March 1, 2009 respectively. All other EB-3 areas of chargeability remain current. In light of the pending sunset of the regional center program set to occur December 21, 2018, EB-5 Regional Center is currently unavailable and EB-5 Regional Center final action dates are current with the exception of China, which progressed by 10 days to September 1, 2014 and Vietnam which progressed by 1 month to June 1, 2016.

Application filing dates for EB-1 and EB-2 workers across all areas of chargeability remain unchanged. EB-3 China progressed by 1 month to January 1, 2016 and EB-3 India progressed by 3 months to April 1, 2010. EB-3 Philippines remains backlogged at August 1, 2017. Application filing dates for EB-5 Regional Center and Non-Regional Center remain current with the exception of China which remains backlogged at October 1, 2014.

As of today, December 14, 2018, USCIS has advised that in January 2019, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on the Dates for Filing charts.


Department of State December 2018 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the December 2018 Visa Bulletin. D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.

With respect to Final Action Dates, all EB-1 chargeability areas progressed by 3 months. EB-2 China progressed by 1.5 months to July 1, 2015 and EB-2 India progressed by 1 week to April 1, 2009. All other EB-2 chargeability areas remain current. EB-3 China progressed by 1 week to June 8, 2015 and EB-3 India progressed by 2 months to March 1, 2009. All other EB-3 chargeability areas remain current. EB-5 Regional Center and Non-Regional Center China progressed by a week to August 22, 2014 and EB-5 Regional Center and Non-Regional Center Vietnam progressed by 3 months to May 1, 2016. All other EB-5 Regional Center and Non-Regional Center chargeability areas remain current.

Application filing dates for EB-1 workers across all areas of chargeability remain unchanged. EB-2 China progressed by 2.5 months to September 8, 2015. All other EB-2 areas of chargeability remain unchanged. Application filing dates for EB-3 China progressed by 4 months to December 1, 2015, EB-3 India progressed by 3 months to January 1, 2010. Application filing dates for EB-5 Regional Center and Non-Regional Center remain current with the exception of China which remains backlogged at October 1, 2014.

As of today, November 14, 2018, USCIS has advised that in December 2018, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on application filing dates.


Department of State November 2018 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the November 2018 Visa Bulletin. D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.

With respect to Final Action Dates, all EB-1 chargeability areas remain unchanged. EB-2 China has progressed by 1.5 months to May 15, 2015, while EB-2 India remains the same. EB-2 across all other areas of chargeability remain current. Likewise, EB-3 Philippines progressed by 7 days to June 8, 2017 and the rest of the EB-3 categories remain unchanged. EB-5 Non-Regional Center is current across all areas of chargeability with the exceptions of China, which remains retrogressed at August 15, 2014, and Vietnam, which has progressed by 1 month to February 1, 2016. Similarly, EB-5 Regional Center is now current across all areas of chargeability with the exceptions of China, which remains retrogressed at August 15, 2014, and Vietnam, which has progressed by 1 month to February 1, 2016.

Application filing dates for all Employment Based categories across all areas of chargeability remain unchanged.

With respect to family-based filings, F1 Worldwide, China and India have progressed to June 22, 2011, while F-1 Mexico remains unchanged and F-1 Philippines progressed to February 1, 2007. All F2A chargeability areas have progressed to September 15, 2016. F2B Worldwide, China and India have progressed to January 1, 2012, with F2B Mexico and F2B Philippines progressing by less than a month to June 8, 1997 and June 1, 2007 respectively. F3 Worldwide, China and India has progressed less than a month to July 8, 2006, while F3 Mexico and F3 Philippines remains unchanged. F4 Worldwide and China have progressed by about 1 month to March 22, 2005. Similarly F4 India has progressed to June 1, 2004. F4 Philippines has progressed by about 1 week to June 15, 1995. F4 Mexico has progressed to February 8, 1998.

Application filing dates for all Family Based categories across all areas of chargeability remain unchanged.

As of today, October 11, 2018, USCIS has not advised whether, in November 2018, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.


Department of State October 2018 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the October 2018 Visa Bulletin. D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.

Final action dates for EB-1 China and EB-1 India have progressed by 4.5 years to June 1, 2016. All other EB-1 areas of chargeability have progressed by 8 months to April 1, 2017. EB-2 China and EB-2 India have each progressed by a little over 2 years to April 1, 2015 and March 26, 2009 respectively. EB-3 China has progressed by 7 months to June 1, 2015, while EB-3 India has progressed by 6 years to January 1, 2009. EB-3 Philippines has progressed by 7 months to June 1, 2017. Other Workers China remains unchanged, while Other Workers India has progressed by 6 years to January 1, 2009. EB-4 El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras remains unchanged, while EB-4 Mexico has progressed by approximately 8 months to October 22, 2016. Certain Religious Workers are now unavailable across all areas of chargeability, as is EB-5 Regional Center. EB-5 Non-Regional Center China has progressed by 1 week to August 15, 2014 and EB-5 Non-Regional Center Vietnam has progressed by approximately 1.5 years to January 1, 2016. All other Employment Based categories across all areas of chargeability are now current.

F1 Worldwide, China and India have progressed to June 1, 2011, while F-1 Mexico and F-1 Philippines remain unchanged. Likewise, F2A Worldwide, China and India have progressed by 1 month to August 22, 2016, and F2A Mexico and F2A Philippines have progressed to August 1, 2016 and August 22, 2016 respectively. F2B Worldwide, China and India have progressed by 3 weeks to November 22, 2011, with F2B Mexico and F2B Philippines progressing by less than a month to May 15, 1997 and May 15, 2007 respectively. F3 Worldwide, China and India has progressed by 1.5 months to June 15, 2006, while F3 Philippines has progressed by 1 week to June 8, 1995. F3 Mexico remains unchanged. F4 Worldwide and China have progressed by about 1 month to February 15, 2005. Similarly F4 India has progressed to May 1, 2004. F4 Mexico and F4 Philippines have progressed by about 1 week to January 22, 1998 and June 8, 1995 respectively.

Application filing dates for EB-1 China and EB-1 India have retrogressed to October 1, 2017 and EB-1 for all other areas of chargeability has retrogressed to June 1, 2018. EB-2 China has progressed by 2.5 months to June 15, 2015 but EB-3 China has retrogressed by approximately 4 months to August 8, 2015. EB-3 India has progressed by 4 months to October 1, 2009, as has Other Workers India. All other Employment Based categories across all areas of chargeability remain unchanged.

Application filing dates for F1 Mexico have progressed to October 8, 1998. F2B Mexico has progressed by approximately 2 weeks to June 22, 1997. F3 Worldwide, China and India have progressed by nearly 4 months to January 8, 2007, while F3 Mexico has progressed by approximately 2 months to December 22, 1998. Similarly, F3 Philippines has progressed by more than 1 year to June 1, 1997. F4 Worldwide, China and India have progressed by 1 month to June 1, 2005, while F4 Mexico has progressed by 3 weeks to June 22, 1998, and F4 Philippines has progressed by 4 months to April 8, 1996. All other categories across all areas of chargeability remain unchanged.

As of today, September 13, 2018, USCIS has not advised whether, in October 2018, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.


Department of State July 2018 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the July 2018 Visa Bulletin.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  

With respect to Final Action Dates, EB-1 China and EB-1 India will both retrogress significantly to January 1, 2012. EB-2 China has progressed by 4 months to January 1, 2015. EB-3 China has retrogressed by nearly 2.5 years to January 1, 2013.  EB-2 India has progressed by nearly 2.5 months to March 15, 2009. EB-3 India and Other Workers India have both progressed by 5 months to November 1, 2008. EB-4 El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras and Religious Workers El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras have each progressed by nearly 2 months to February 8, 2016. EB-4 Mexico and Religious Workers Mexico have retrogressed by 8 months to February 8, 2016. All other categories remain unchanged across all areas of chargeability.

With respect to Application Filing Dates, EB-2 China has progressed by 2 months to April 1, 2015, and EB-2 India has progressed nearly 2 months to May 22, 2009. EB-3 India and Other Workers India have each progressed by 8 months to May 1, 2009. EB-4 El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras and Religious Workers El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras have both progressed by two weeks to May 1, 2016. EB-5 China has progressed by 1 month to October 1, 2014 for both Regional Centers and Non-Regional Centers. All other categories remain unchanged across all areas of chargeability.

As of today, June 15, 2018, USCIS has not advised whether, in July 2018, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.

 

Department of State June 2018 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the June 2018 Visa Bulletin.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  

With respect to Final Action Dates, EB-2 India has progressed by 4 days to December 26, 2008. Similarly, EB-5 China and EB-5 Vietnam have progressed slightly to August 1, 2014 for both regional centers and non-regional centers. All other categories remain unchanged across all areas of chargeability.

Application Filing Dates for all categories and across all areas of chargeability are unchanged in June 2018.

As of today, May 10, 2018, USCIS has not advised whether, in June 2018, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.

 

Department of State April 2018 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the April 2018 Visa Bulletin.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  

With respect to Final Action Dates, the EB-1 China and India have each retrogressed significantly to January 1, 2012. All other areas of chargeability remain current under EB-1. EB-2 China has progressed by nearly eight months to August 1, 2014 and EB-2 India has progressed by one week to December 22, 2008. All other EB-2 areas of chargeability remain current. EB-3 China has progressed nearly 7 months to June 1, 2015, EB-3 India has progressed by more than one year to February 1, 2008, and EB-3 Philippines has progressed by eight months to January 1, 2017. All other areas of chargeability remain unchanged. Similarly, Other Workers remain unchanged across all areas of chargeability with the exceptions of China, which has progressed to April 1, 2007, India, which has progressed to February 1, 2008, and the Philippines, which has progressed to January 1, 2017. EB-4 El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras has progressed slightly to December 15, 2015 and EB-4 Mexico has progressed slightly to August 8, 2016. All other areas of chargeability remain unchanged. Certain Religious Workers are now unavailable across all areas of chargeability. EB-5 for non-regional centers remains unchanged and EB-5 for regional centers is now unavailable across all areas of chargeability in light of the pending legislative deadline.

Application Filing Dates for all categories and across all areas of chargeability are unchanged in April 2018, with the exceptions of EB-3 India and Other Workers India, which have each progressed to April 1, 2008, and EB-3 Philippines and Other Workers Philippines, which have both progressed to July 1, 2017.

As of today, March 13, 2018, USCIS has not advised whether, in April 2018, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.

 

Department of State February 2018 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the February 2018 Visa Bulletin.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  

With respect to Final Action Dates, the EB-1 category remains current across all areas of chargeability. EB-2 China and EB-2 India have progressed slightly to October 1, 2013 and December 8, 2008 respectively. All other EB-2 areas of chargeability remain current. EB-3 remains unchanged across all areas of chargeability, with the exceptions of EB-3 China, which has progressed five months to September 15, 2014, EB-3 India, which has progressed one month to December 1, 2006, and EB-3 Philippines, which has progressed two weeks to March 1, 2016. Similarly, Other Workers remain unchanged across all areas of chargeability with the exceptions of China, which has progressed to February 1, 2007, India, which has progressed to December 1, 2006, and Philippines, which has progressed to March 1, 2016. EB-4 Mexico has progressed by less than a month to June 22, 2016. All other areas of chargeability remain unchanged. Certain Religious Workers remain unavailable across all areas of chargeability. EB-5 for both non-regional centers and regional centers remains unchanged.

Application Filing Dates for all categories and across all areas of chargeability are unchanged in February 2018, with the exception of EB-2 China, which has progressed one year to November 15, 2014, EB-3 China, which has progressed four months to January 1, 2016, and EB-5 China, which has retrogressed one month to September 1, 2014 for both regional centers and non-regional centers.

As of today, January 16, 2018, USCIS has not advised whether, in February 2018, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.

 

Department of State November 2017 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the November 2017 Visa Bulletin.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  

With respect to Final Action Dates, the EB-1 category remains current across all areas of chargeability. EB-2 China and EB-2 India have progressed slightly to June 15, 2013 and October 8, 2008 respectively. All other EB-2 areas of chargeability remain current. EB-3 remains unchanged across all areas of chargeability, with the exceptions of EB-3 China, which has progressed 1 month to February 1, 2014, and EB-3 Philippines, which has progressed 1.5 months to January 15, 2016. Similarly, Other Workers China has progressed 3 months to April 1, 2006 and Other Workers Philippines has progressed 1.5 months to January 15, 2016. All other areas of chargeability remain unchanged. EB-4 also remains unchanged across all areas of chargeability, with the exception of EB-4 Mexico, which has progressed 1 month to April 1, 2016. EB-5 for both regional centers and non-regional centers remains current across all areas of chargeability, with the exception of China, which has progressed slightly to July 1, 2014.

Application Filing Dates for all categories and across all areas of chargeability are unchanged in November 2017.

As of today, October 12, 2017, USCIS has not advised whether, in November 2017, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.

 

Department of State September 2017 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the September 2017 Visa Bulletin.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  Application Filing Dates remain unchanged in all categories.

With respect to Final Action Dates, the EB-1 category remains unchanged across all areas of chargeability. The EB-2 worldwide category has progressed by nine months to January 1, 2016. EB-2 China has progressed slightly to May 15, 2013 and EB-2 India has progressed by one month to August 22, 2008. EB-2 El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras and Mexico have both progressed by nine months to January 1, 2016. EB-3 worldwide and China remain unchanged. EB-3 India has progressed by three months to October 15, 2006 and EB-3 Philippines has progressed by five months to November 1, 2015.  EB-4 India, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras and Mexico have all progressed slightly to October 22, 2015.

EB-5 for both regional centers and non-regional centers remains current, with the exception of China, which remains unchanged at June 15, 2014.

As of today, August 9, 2017, USCIS has not advised whether, in September 2017, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.

 

Department of State May 2017 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the May 2017 Visa Bulletin.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  The Application Filing date for EB-2 China progressed 7 months to October 1, 2013 and EB-3 China progressed 4 months to September 1, 2015.  The Application Filing date for EB-2 India retrogressed just under 3 months to February 1, 2009 and EB-3 India progressed nearly 10 months to April 22, 2006.  The Application filing date for EB-3 Philippines progressed 10 months to July 1, 2014 and EB-5 China progressed nearly 3 months to September 1, 2014.

The Final Action date for EB-3 Worldwide progressed one month to March 15, 2017.  EB-2 China progressed 24 days to February 8, 2013 and EB-3 China progressed 1.5 months to October 1, 2014.  EB-2 India remains unchanged and EB-3 India progressed 1 day March 25, 2005.  EB-2 Mexico remains current and EB-3 Mexico progressed 1 month to March 15, 2017.  EB-2 Philippines remains current and EB-3 Philippines progressed 3.5 months to January 1, 2013.

All non-regional center EB-5 categories remain current, with the exception of EB-5 China, which progressed 10 days to June 1, 2014.  There are no available EB-5 visas for Regional Center filings in May.

As of today, April 12, 2017, USCIS has not advised whether, in May 2017, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.

Department of State April 2017 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the April 2017 Visa Bulletin.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  For the employment-based preference categories, Application Filing dates remain unchanged.

EB-2 India and EB-3 India remain unchanged at June 1, 2008 and March 22, 2005  respectively.  EB-2 China, progressed 1 month to January 15, 2013 and EB-3 China progressed 5 months to August 15, 2014.  

Final Action dates for EB-3 Worldwide and EB-3 Mexico progressed 2.5 months to February 15, 2017 and EB-3 Philippines progressed just under 6 months to September 15, 2012.

EB-5 China Final Action dates progressed 3 weeks to May 22, 2014

As of today, March 13, 2017, USCIS has not advised whether, in April 2017, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.


 

Department of State February 2017 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the February 2017 Visa Bulletin.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  For the employment-based preference categories, Application Filing dates remain unchanged.

EB-3 India advanced 1 week to March 22, 2005 and EB-2 India remains unchanged at April 15, 2008.  EB-2 China, progressed 1 month to November 15, 2012 and EB-3 China progressed 3 weeks to October 1, 2013.  

Final Action dates for EB-3 Worldwide and EB-3 Mexico progressed 2 months to October 1, 2016 and EB-3 Philippines progressed just under 3 months to October 15, 2011.

EB-5 China Final Action dates progressed 1 week to April 15, 2014

As of today, January 12, 2017, USCIS has not advised whether, in February 2017, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.

Department of State December 2016 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the December 2016 Visa Bulletin.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the employment-based priority dates.  For the employment-based preference categories, Application Filing dates remained unchanged.

For EB-3 India, there was modest forward movement of one week to March 15, 2005. EB-2 India there was forward movement of almost 3 months to February 1, 2008.  EB-2 China, progressed just over 2 months to September 22, 2012 and EB-3 China progressed 2.5 months to July 1, 2013.  

Final Action dates for EB-3 Worldwide and EB-3 Mexico remain unchanged and EB-3 Philippines progressed 4 months to June 1, 2011.

EB-5 China Final Action dates progressed 2 weeks to March 22, 2014

As of today, November 14, 2016, USCIS has not advised whether, in December 2016, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.

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.

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.

Department of State January 2016 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State released the January 2016 Visa Bulletin today.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  This month, there was forward movement in the Filing Dates and the Final Action Dates for many of the family-based preference categories. For the employment-based preference categories, there was forward movement in the Final Action Date for EB-2 India, which advanced 8 months from June 1, 2007 to February 1, 2008 with the Filing Date remaining unchanged.  The Filing Date and Final Action Date for EB-2 China remained unchanged. The Final Action Dates for EB-3 Worldwide, China, India, Mexico, and the Philippines all saw forward movement of between 1 and 3 months.  The Filing Dates for EB-3 Worldwide and EB-3 Mexico advanced from September 1, 2016 to January 1, 2016, with the other EB-3 Filing Dates remaining unchanged.  The Filing Date for EB-5 China remained unchanged and the Final Action Date advanced by just under 1 month from December 15, 2013 to January 8, 2014.