Department of State July 2016 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State released the July 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.

There was modest forward movement of 1 month for both EB-2 and EB-3 India.  EB-2 and EB-3 China, which both both experienced significant retrogression last month, remain unchanged with priority dates for both categories remaining at January 1, 2010.

Final Action dates for EB-3 Worldwide and EB-3 Mexico each progressed 2 weeks and EB-3 Philippines progressed 3.5 months.

Notably, EB-5 China Final Action dates remained unchanged at February 15, 2014.

Today USCIS posted an announcement on its website informing family-based and employment-based adjustment of status applicants that they must use the "Application Final Action Dates" chart in the DOS Visa Bulletin for July 2016.