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Visa Bulletin February 2016

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Visa Bulletin February 2016

January 12, 2016

The Department of State just released its monthly Visa Bulletin listing the two categories for “Application Final Action Dates,” and “Dates for Filing Applications.”  Employees must wait until the USCIS validates the Dates for Filing Applications in one week and check the USCIS website before relying on that second category.

The February Visa Bulletinshows some advancement in the Application Final Action Dates category for India and China EB-2 nationals, and no movement in the Dates for Filing Applications category.

First Cut-Off Date Category for Employment-Based Cases

“Application Final Action Dates”

EB1

  • all still “CURRENT” 

EB2

  • All others – still “CURRENT” 
  • China – advances 1 month to March 1, 2012
  • India – advances 6 months to August 1, 2008
  • Mexico – still “CURRENT” 
  • Philippines – still “CURRENT”

EB3                       

  • All others – still at October 1, 2015
  • China – advances 3 months to October 1, 2012
  • India – advances 1 month to June 15, 2004
  • Mexico – still at October 1, 2015
  • Philippines – advances 3 months to January 8, 2008

Second (New) Cut-off Date Category for Employment-Based Cases

“Dates for Filing Visa Applications”

Note:  Always Check the USCIS website’s upcoming validation for the current Visa Bulletin before relying on these dates.

EB-1

  • all current

EB2 

  • All others – still “CURRENT” 
  • China –remains at January 1, 2013
  • India – remains at July 1, 2009
  • Mexico – still “CURRENT” 
  • Philippines – still “CURRENT”

EB3                                                  

  • All others – still at January 1, 2016
  • China – still at October 1, 2013
  • India – still at July 1, 2005
  • Mexico – still at January 1, 2016
  • Philippines – still at January 1, 2010

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