• April 2016 Visa Bulletin: Further Advancements in EB-2 and EB-3 India and China Final Action Dates Next Month
  • April 19, 2016
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • According to the State Department’s April Visa Bulletin, the cutoff date for final issuance of an immigrant visa will advance by one month for EB-2 China, to September 1, 2012, and by three weeks for EB-2 India, to November 8, 2008.

    Final action cutoff dates for EB-3 professionals and skilled workers will advance by two and one-half months for China, to August 15, 2013; by three weeks for India, to August 8, 2004; by six weeks for the Philippines, to May 1, 2008; and by six weeks for all other countries, to February 15, 2016. Final action cutoff dates for EB-5 China, in both the Regional Center and non-Regional Center programs, will advance by one week, to February 1, 2014.

    There will be no advancement in cutoff dates for eligibility to file an application for permanent residence in any backlogged 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 April.

    FINAL ACTION CUTOFF DATES FOR APRIL 2016

    EB-1
    Current for all countries.

    EB-2
    China: September 1, 2012
    India: November 8, 2008
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: August 15, 2013
    India: August 8, 2004
    Philippines: May 1, 2008
    All other countries: February 15, 2016

    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: March 1, 2007
    India: August 8, 2004
    Philippines: May 1, 2008
    All other countries: February 15, 2016

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

    FILING ELIGIBILITY CUT-OFF DATES FOR APRIL 2016

    EB-1
    Current for all countries.

    EB-2
    China: June 1, 2013
    India: July 1, 2009
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: May 1, 2015
    India: July 1, 2005
    Philippines: January 1, 2010
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: August 1, 2007
    India: July 1, 2005
    Philippines: January 1, 2010
    All other countries: Current

    EB-5
    China: May 1, 2015
    Current for all other countries and subcategories.