United States: December 2016 Visa Bulletin: Modest Advancements in EB-2 and EB-3 India and China Final Action Dates Next Month

In December, the cutoff dates for final issuance of an immigrant visa will advance by three months for EB-2 India and just over two months for EB-2 China. Final action cutoff dates for EB-3 professionals and skilled workers China will advance by over two months, India by one week, and the Philippines by two months. Both regional center and non-regional center EB-5 China will advance by two weeks. Cutoff dates for filing eligibility will not advance for any backlogged category.

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According to the State Department's December Visa Bulletin, immigrant visa availability dates for final action will advance slightly for EB-2 China and India. Final action cutoffs for EB-2 India will advance by three months, to February 1, 2008, and EB-2 China will advance by just over two months, to September 22, 2012.

The EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers advanced by over two months for China, to July 1, 2013; for India by one week, to March 15, 2005; and for the Philippines by two months, to June 1, 2011, with no movement for any other countries. The other worker subcategory will advance by two months for China, to November 1, 2005; one week for India, to March 15, 2005; and two months for the Philippines, to June 1, 2011.

There will be no advancement in cutoff dates for eligibility to file an application for permanent residence in any backlogged employment category. In the coming days, USCIS is expected to announce on its own Visa Bulletin web page whether it will accept adjustment of status applications from foreign nationals with a priority date that makes them eligible to file in December.

FINAL ACTION CUT-OFF DATES FOR DECEMBER 2016

EB-1

Current for all countries.

EB-2
China: September 22, 2012
India: February 1, 2008
All other countries: Current

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
China: July 1, 2013
India: March 15, 2005
Philippines: June 1, 2011
All other countries: July 1, 2016

EB-3 Other Workers
China: November 1, 2005
India: March 15, 2005
Philippines: June 1, 2011
All other countries: July 1, 2016

EB-5

China: March 22, 2014
Current for all other countries.

FILING ELIGIBILITY CUT-OFF DATES FOR DECEMBER 2016

EB-1
Current for all countries.

EB-2
China: March 1, 2013
India: April 22, 2009
All other countries: Current

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

China: May 1, 2014
India: July 1, 2005
Philippines: September 1, 2013
All other countries: Current

EB-3 Other Workers

China: August 1, 2009
India: July 1, 2005
Philippines: September 1, 2013
All other countries: Current

EB-5

China: June 15, 2014
Current for all other countries and subcategories.

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