Department of State August 2019 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the August 2019 Visa Bulletin, which is currently in effect prior to the start of the month given increased visa demand in July. D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the employment-based priority dates.

With respect to Final Action Dates, All EB-1 categories, except India, have retrogressed to July 1, 2016 and EB-1 India has retrogressed to January 1, 2015. With the exception of India and China, all other EB-2 and EB-3 countries of chargeability had been current but have now retrogressed to January 1, 2017 for EB-2 and July 1, 2016, for EB-3, EB-2 China progressed by 2 months to January 1, 2017, and EB-2 India progressed by only 8 days to May 2, 2009. EB-5 Non-Regional Center and EB-5 Regional Center final action dates are current with the exception of China, India, and Vietnam which are all retrogressed to October 15, 2014.

Application filing dates remain unchanged with the exception of EB-5 China which has progressed 2 weeks to November 15, 2014.

USCIS not yet has advised whether, in August 2019, it will accept adjustment of status applications based on final action dates or application filing dates.


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 March 2019 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the March 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 by two weeks to February 22, 2017. All other EB-1 categories progressed by 1 month to January 1, 2018. EB-2 China progressed by 3 months to January 01, 2016 and EB-2 India progressed by only 3 days to April 9, 2009. All other EB-2 chargeability areas remain current. EB-3 Philippines progressed by 4 months to December 1, 2017. EB-3 India and EB-3 China progressed to May 22, 2009 and July 08, 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 and Vietnam, which remain backlogged at September 8, 2014 and July 15, 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 6 months to May 01, 2016 and EB-3 Philippines which progressed by 5 months to March 01, 2018. 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, February 15, 2019, USCIS has advised that in March 2019 it will accept adjustment of status applications for employment-based petitions based on final action dates and family-based petitions based on 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 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 August 2018 Visa Bulletin Summary

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

The EB-1 category has retrogressed by more than two years to May 1, 2016 for all areas of chargeability with the exception of EB-1 China and EB-1 India, which remain unchanged. EB-2 China has progressed by 2 months to March 1, 2015. EB-3 China has progressed by 1.5 years to July 1, 2014, while EB-3 India and Other Workers India have progressed by 2 months to January 1, 2009. EB-4 India and Certain Religious Workers India have retrogressed by just under 2 years to February 8, 2016. All other categories remain unchanged across all areas of chargeability.

Application Filing Dates remain unchanged across all areas of chargeability for August 2018.

As of today, July 13, 2018, USCIS has not advised whether, in August 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 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 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 July 2017 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has now released the July 2017 Visa Bulletin.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  Application Filing Dates for EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Worldwide are current.  Additionally, Application Filing Dates for China remain unchanged in both the EB-2 and EB-3 categories with EB-2 China at October 1, 2013 and EB-3 China at September 1, 2015.  Application Filing Dates for EB-2 India remain unchanged at February 1, 2009 and EB-3 India progressed by nearly six months to October 1, 2006.  Application Filing Dates for EB-3 Philippines remain progressed by one year to July 1, 2015.  Application Filing Dates for EB-5 China remain unchanged at September 1, 2014.

With respect to Final Action Dates, EB-1 China and EB-1 India remain unchanged at January 1, 2012.  EB-2 China advanced by 21 days to March 22, 2013, but EB-3 China retrogressed by about 2.5 years to January 1, 2012.  Both EB-2 and EB-3 India progressed slightly to July 22, 2008 and February 15, 2006 respectively.  

EB-2 Worldwide remains current, while EB-3 Worldwide progressed nearly two months to June 8, 2017.  EB-3 Mexico progressed by approximately two months to June 8, 2017 and EB-3 Philippines advanced by one year to May 15, 2014. EB-5 for both regional centers and non-regional centers remains current, with the exception of EB-5 China, which remains unchanged at June 8, 2014.

As of today, June 13, 2017, USCIS has not advised whether, in July 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 January 2017 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the January 2017 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.

EB-3 India remained unchanged at March 15, 2005 and EB-2 India saw moderate forward movement of 2.5 months to April 15, 2008.  EB-2 China, progressed 3 weeks to October 15, 2012 and EB-3 China progressed 9 weeks to September 8, 2013.  

Final Action dates for EB-3 Worldwide and EB-3 Mexico progressed 1 month to August 1, 2016 and EB-3 Philippines progressed just under 2 months to July 22, 2011.

EB-5 China Final Action dates progressed 2 weeks to April 8, 2014

As of today, December 13, 2016, USCIS has not advised whether, in January 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 November 2016 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State released the November 2016 Visa Bulletin this week.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and 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 8, 2005. EB-2 India there was forward movement of almost 10 months to November 1, 2007.  EB-2 China, progressed 5 months to July 15, 2012 and EB-3 China progressed 3 months to April 15, 2013.  

Final Action dates for EB-3 Worldwide and EB-3 Mexico progressed 1 month to July 1, 2016 and EB-3 Philippines progressed 4 months to April 1, 2011.

EB-5 China Final Action dates progressed 2 weeks to March 8, 2014

As of today, October 13, 2016, USCIS has not advised whether, in November 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 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.

Department of State September 2016 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State released the September 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 forward movement of just over 3 months 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 remains at January 1, 2010 after retrogressing last month.

EB-2 Worldwide remains backlogged to February 1, 2014, but is expected to become current again next month with the start of the new fiscal year.

Final Action dates for EB-3 Worldwide remain unchanged, EB-3 Mexico progressed 6 weeks to May 1, 2016, and EB-3 Philippines progressed 14 months to July 1, 2010.

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

Today, August 10, 2016, USCIS advised that in September 2016, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action 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 Provides Immigrant Visa Availability Predictions for Remainder of Fiscal Year

This week, in his monthly "check-in" with stakeholders, Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State ("DOS"), provided some insights on immigrant visa availability for August and September 2016, the last two months of the immigration fiscal year.  D&S has provided a summary of the relevant employment-based predictions below:

EB-2 and EB-3 China. In June, the final action date for both EB-2 and EB-3 China retrogressed to January 1, 2010. DOS does not anticipate that there will be no forward movement in either of these categories for the remainder of this fiscal year.

EB-2 Worldwide and India. DOS predicts a cut-off date for EB-2 Worldwide by September due to sustained high demand. DOS also predicts that EB-2 India’s final action date will be one week ahead of EB-3 India through the rest of the fiscal year. Based on current usage, there should be sufficient available unused EB-3 numbers worldwide to enable moderate forward movement in EB-3 India in the month of September.

Cutoff Date for EB-1 China and India Expected by End of Fiscal Year. Due to high demand in recent months, DOS predicts a cut-off date will be imposed for EB-1 China and EB-1 India this fiscal year in either August or September. Both categories are expected to become current again in October, so the retrogression will be brief. A cut-off date will not be imposed for EB-1 Worldwide this fiscal year.

D&S will continue to monitor this developing situation and provide updates as they become available.

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.