USCIS has announced that for January, Family-Based Adjustment of Status applicants can use the "Filing Dates" listed on the Department of State's January 2016 Visa Bulletin. Employment-Based Applicants, however, can only use the "Final Action Dates" to determine when they are eligible to submit Adjustment of Status applications.
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.