• USCIS Updates Its October Visa Bulletin In Wake Of EB-5 Regional Center Program Extension
  • October 17, 2016
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its October Visa Bulletin after a continuing resolution was signed into law late last week, extending the EB-5 Regional Center Program - which was set to expire on September 30, 2016 - through December 9, 2016. As announced on the agency’s updated Adjustment of Status Visa Bulletin page, in October, it will only accept adjustment applications from beneficiaries of the EB-5 Regional and Non-Regional Programs whose priority date is current for final action under the State Department's October Visa Bulletin. Under both EB-5 programs, the final action cutoff date for China will advance by one week to February 22, 2014, while remaining current for all other countries.

    USCIS reaffirmed that for all other employment-based categories, it will accept adjustment applications from those who are current for filing under the October bulletin.

    Employment-Based Priority Dates Accepted by USCIS in October 2016

    To be eligible to file an employment-based adjustment application with USCIS in October, employer-sponsored foreign nationals must have a priority date that is earlier than the date listed below for their preference category and country.

    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 Non-Regional Center
    China: February 22, 2014
    Current for all other countries.

    EB-5 Regional Center
    China: February 22, 2014
    Current for all other countries.