Department of State October 2016 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State recently released the October 2016 Visa Bulletin, which marks the beginning of the new immigration fiscal year.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  Application Filing Dates for EB-2 and EB-3 Worldwide are now current.  Additionally, Application Filing Dates for China retrogressed in both the EB-2 and EB-3 categories with EB-2 China retrogressing 3 months to March 1, 2013 and EB-3 China retrogressing 1 year to May 1, 2014.  There was modest retrogression of just over 8 weeks for EB-2 India, which is now at April 22, 2009.  EB-3 India remains unchanged at July 1, 2005.  EB-5 China has retrogressed almost 1 year to June 15, 2014.

With respect to Final Action Dates, EB-2 Worldwide, Mexico, and Philippines have again become current. There was also forward movement for EB-2 India which progressed almost 2 years to January 15, 2007. EB-3 India retrogressed 2 weeks to February 15, 2005.  There was significant movement in both Chinese employment-based categories with EB-2 China progressing over 2 years to February 15, 2012, and EB-3 China progressing over 3 years years to January 22, 2013. Additionally, EB-1 China has again become current.

Final Action dates for EB-3 Worldwide progressed 2 weeks to June 1, 2016, EB-3 Mexico progressed 1 month to June 1, 2016, and EB-3 Philippines progressed 5 months to December 10, 2010.

EB-5 China Final Action Date progressed 1 week to February 22, 2014.

As of today, September 12, 2016, USCIS has not advised whether, in October 2016, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.