Department of State September 2018 Visa Bulletin Summary

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

EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Worldwide will no longer be current in September, retrogressing to June 1, 2016, January 1, 2013, and November 1, 2016 respectively. They are expected to become progress or become current again at the start of the new fiscal year in October.  EB-1 China remains unchanged, EB-2 China retrogressed more than 2 years to January 1, 2013, and EB-3 China progressed 4 months to November 1, 2014. EB-1 India remained unchanged, EB-2 India retrogressed more than 2 years to January 1, 2007, and EB-3 India retrogressed 6 years to January 1, 2003.  EB-5 regional center and non-regional center filings remain current except for China and Vietnam, both of which progressed one week to April 8, 2014.

Application Filing Dates remain unchanged across all areas of chargeability for September 2018, with exception of F2B Worldwide, China and India, which progressed over 2 years from January 8, 2012 to March 22, 2014.

As of today, August 9, 2018, USCIS has not advised whether, in September 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 2017 Visa Bulletin Summary

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

With respect to Final Action Dates, there is significant retrogression in the EB-2 worldwide category to April 1, 2015.    EB-1 China and EB-1 India remain unchanged at January 1, 2012. EB-2 China progressed by one month to April 22, 2013 and EB-3 China remains unchanged at January 1, 2012.  EB-2 India remains unchanged at July 22, 2008 and EB-3 India progressed by five months to July 15, 2006.  EB-3 worldwide is current. EB-2 Mexico and Philippines have retrogressed to April 1, 2015 and EB-3 Mexico is now current.  EB-3 Philippines has progressed one year to June 1, 2015.

EB-5 for both regional centers and non-regional centers remains current, with the exception of China, which has progressed by one week to June 15, 2014.

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.  Similarly, Application Filing Dates for India in the EB-2 category remains unchanged at February 1, 2009.  The EB-3 India category progressed by three months to January 1, 2007.  Application Filing Dates for EB-3 Philippines progressed by six months to January 1, 2016.  Application Filing Dates for EB-5 China remain unchanged at September 1, 2014.

USCIS has announced that both family-based and employment-based adjustment of status applicants must use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for August 2017.

Department of State May 2016 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State released the May 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 and there was modest forward movement in the Final Action dates EB-2 and EB-3 India of three weeks. There was no movement in EB-2 and EB-3 China Final Action dates.  Final Action dates for EB-3 Worldwide and EB-3 Mexico also remained unchanged and EB-3 Philippines progressed just over 3 months. The EB-5 China Final Action date advanced by just one week from February 1, 2014 to February 8, 2014.  Finally, the visa bulletin establishes a new cut-off date for the employment-based, fourth preference and certain religious workers preference categories for applicants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

As of today, April 13, 2016, USCIS has not advised whether in May 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.

D&S will provide further updates as they become available. 

Department of State February 2016 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State released the February 2016 Visa Bulletin today.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  This month, there was no forward movement in any employment-based or family-based Filing Dates.  For the employment-based preference category Final Action Dates, there was forward movement for EB-2 India, which advanced 5 months from February 1, 2008 to August 1, 2008.  EB-2 China advanced one month from February 1, 2012 to March 1, 2012. EB-3 Worldwide and Mexico remained unchanged and EB-3 China, India, and the Philippines all saw forward movement of between 1 and 3 months. EB-5 China Final Action Dates advanced by just 7 days from January 8, 2014 to January 15, 2014.  As of today, January 8, 2016, USCIS has not advised whether in February 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.

Elimination of Visa Page Inserts for U.S. Passports

The U.S. Department of State announced that beginning January 1, 2016, DOS will no longer add visa pages into U.S. passports. As a result of this policy change, applicants in need of additional pages in their valid passports must obtain a new passport by mail. Previously, U.S. passport holders had the option to pay for the insertion of 24 additional visa page inserts into their current, valid passport if it lacked adequate space for entry or exit visa stamps.

Requests for additional 24 page visa inserts will only be accepted until December 31, 2015. Beginning January 1, 2016, applicants in need of additional pages in their passports must obtain a new passport by mail.

DOS indicates that this decision was made to enhance the security of the U.S. passport and in adherence with international passport standards.

Applicants with passports without adequate space for visa stamps are encouraged to apply for their new passport as early as possible in advance of travel.

 

USCIS Announces Adjustment of Status Filing Dates for December

USCIS has announced that for December, Family-Based Adjustment of Status applicants can use the "Filing Dates" listed on the Department of State's December 2015 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. 

This announcement comes after USCIS issued updated instructions regarding the use of the Revised Visa Bulletin, implemented in September 2015, which contains two sets of dates for both family-based and employment-based immigrant visas. 

UPDATE: 165 Consular Posts (85% of Nonimmigrant Visa Demand) Back Online

The most recent alert by the Department of State (DOS) indicates that 165 consular posts, representing more than 85 percent of the worldwide nonimmigrant visa demand, are now online and issuing visas. With the system largely restored, consular posts overseas issued more than 82,000 visas on June 24th and more than 238,000 non-immigrant visas this week alone.

D&S will continue to provide updates as they become available.