• February 2017 Visa Bulletin: Some Advancement in Final Action Dates for EB-2 China, EB-3 India and China
  • January 27, 2017
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • According to the State Department’s February Visa Bulletin, immigrant visa availability dates for final action will advance by one month for EB-2 China, to November 15, 2012, while EB-2 India will remain at April 15, 2008.

    The EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will advance by three weeks for China, to October 1, 2013; one week for India, to March 22, 2005; nearly three months for the Philippines, to October 15, 2011; and two months for all other countries, to October 1, 2016. The EB-3 other worker subcategory will advance by one week for India, to March 22, 2005; nearly three months for the Philippines, to October 15, 2011; and two months for other countries, to October 1, 2016. EB-3 China in the other worker subcategory will remain at December 1, 2005.

    Final action dates for EB-5 China will advance by one week, to April 15, 2014.

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

    FINAL ACTION CUT-OFF DATES FOR FEBRUARY 2017

    EB-1

    Current for all countries.

    EB-2

    China: November 15, 2012

    India: April 15, 2008

    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

    China: October 1, 2013

    India: March 22, 2005

    Philippines: October 15, 2011

    All other countries: October 1, 2016

    EB-3 Other Workers

    China: December 1, 2005

    India: March 22, 2005

    Philippines: October 15, 2011

    All other countries: October 1, 2016

    EB-5

    China: April 15, 2014

    Current for all other countries.

    FILING ELIGIBILITY CUT-OFF DATES FOR FEBRUARY 2017

    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

    China: June 15, 2014

    Current for all other countries and subcategories.