• January 2017 Visa Bulletin: Modest Advancements in EB-2 India and China, and EB-3 China Final Action Dates
  • January 27, 2017
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • According to the State Department’s January Visa Bulletin, immigrant visa availability dates for final action will advance slightly for EB-2 China and India. Final action cutoffs for EB-2 India will advance by two and a half months, to April 15, 2008, and EB-2 China will advance by just over three weeks, to October 15, 2012.

    The EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will advance by over two months for China, to September 8, 2013; just under two months for the Philippines, to July 22, 2011; and one month for other countries. EB-3 India will remain at March 15, 2005. The EB-3 other worker subcategory will advance by one month for China, to December 1, 2005; just under two months for the Philippines, to July 22, 2011; and one month for other countries.

    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 January.

    FINAL ACTION CUT-OFF DATES FOR JANUARY 2017

    EB-1
    Current for all countries.

    EB-2
    China: October 15, 2012
    India: April 15, 2008
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: September 8, 2013
    India: March 15, 2005
    Philippines: July 22, 2011
    All other countries: August 1, 2016

    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: December 1, 2005
    India: March 15, 2005
    Philippines: July 22, 2011
    All other countries: August 1, 2016

    EB-5
    China: April 8, 2014
    Current for all other countries.

    FILING ELIGIBILITY CUT-OFF DATES FOR JANUARY 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.