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Visa Bulletin February 2017

January 10, 2017

January 10, 2017

The Department of State has just released the February 2017 Visa Bulletin, which reflects one month advancement for the China EB2 category and slight movement forward for the EB3 China and India categories.

For a few months toward the end of 2016, the USCIS announced it will accept employment-based adjustment of status applications pursuant to the Dates for Filing in the Visa Bulletin. Last month, they indicated they would accept applications under the Final Action Dates. We expect the USCIS will announce shortly whether applicants can rely on the Dates for Filing, or must follow the Application Final Action Dates for filing in February 2017.  Applicants should check the USCIS website in the next few days.

“Application Final Action Dates” for Employment-Based Preference Cases February 2017

EB1

  • All others still CURRENT
  • China – still CURRENT
  • India – still CURRENT

EB2

  • All others – still CURRENT
  • China – advances 1 month to November 15, 2012
  • El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras – still CURRENT
  • India – no change at April 15, 2008
  • Mexico – still CURRENT
  • Philippines –  still CURRENT

EB3

  • All others – advances 2 months to October 1, 2016
  • China – advances 1 month to October 1, 2013
  • El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras – advances 2 months to October 1, 2016
  • India – no change at March 15, 2005
  • Mexico – advances 2 months to October 1, 2016
  • Philippines – advances 3 months to October 15, 2011

“Dates for Filing” for Employment-Based Cases February 2017 - no change from last month

EB1

  • all still CURRENT

EB2

  • All others – still CURRENT
  • China – March 1, 2013
  • India – April 22, 2009
  • Mexico – still CURRENT
  • Philippines – still CURRENT

EB3

  • All others – still CURRENT
  • China – May 1, 2014
  • India – remains July 1, 2005
  • Mexico – still CURRENT
  • Philippines – still CURRENT

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