United States: November 2017 Visa Bulletin: Modest Advancements for EB-2 China and India and EB-3 China

• EB-1 will remain current for all countries. • EB-2 will remain current for most countries, except China and India, which will each advance by three weeks. • EB-3 cutoff dates for professionals and skilled workers will advance by one month for China, six weeks for the Philippines, and will remain unchanged for India.

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The State Department's November Visa Bulletin notes the following final action cutoff dates for November.

  • EB-1 : Will remain current for all countries. 
  • EB-2: Most countries will remain current. China will advance by three weeks, to June 15, 2013. India will advance by three weeks, to October 8, 2008.
  • EB-3: Most countries will remain current. China will advance by one month, to February 1, 2014. India will remain at October 15, 2006. The Philippines will advance by six weeks, to January 15, 2016. In the other worker subcategory, China will advance by three months, to April 1, 2006; the Phillipines will advance by six weeks, to January 15, 2016; and India will remain at October 15, 2006. 
  • EB-4: Most countries will remain current. El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras will remain at November 1, 2015. Mexico will advance by one month, to April 1, 2016.
  • EB-5: China will advance by one week, to July 1, 2014, for the Regional Center and Non-Regional Center programs.

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 is current for filing eligibility in November. 

FINAL ACTION CUT-OFF DATES FOR NOVEMBER 2017
EB-1
 
Current for all countries

EB-2

China: June 15, 2013
India: October 8, 2008
All other countries: Current

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers 
China: February 1, 2014
India: October 15, 2006
Philippines: January 15, 2016
All other countries: Current

EB-3 Other Workers
 
China: April 1, 2006
India: October 15, 2006
Philippines: January 15, 2016
All other countries: Current

EB-4
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: November 1, 2015
Mexico: April 1, 2016
All other countries: Current

EB-5 
China: July 1, 2014 Current for all other countries and subcategories

FILING ELIGIBILITY CUT-OFF DATES FOR NOVEMBER 2017
EB-1 Current for all countries
EB-2 China: November 15, 2013
India: February 8, 2009
All other countries: Current

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers  
China: September 1, 2015
India: January 1, 2008
Philippines: August 1, 2016
All other countries: Current 

EB-3 Other Workers 
China: June 1, 2008
India: January 1, 2008
Philippines: August 1, 2016
All other countries: Current 

EB-4
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: April 15, 2016
All other countries: Current

EB-5 
China: October 1, 2014 Current for all other countries and subcategories

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen.

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