• Modest Advancements in EB-2 and EB-3 India and China Final Action Dates Next Month
  • February 1, 2017
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • According to the State Department’s December 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 three months, to February 1, 2008, and EB-2 China will advance by just over two months, to September 22, 2012.

    The EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers advanced by over two months for China, to July 1, 2013; for India by one week, to March 15, 2005; and for the Philippines by two months, to June 1, 2011, with no movement for any other countries. The other worker subcategory will advance by two months for China, to November 1, 2005; one week for India, to March 15, 2005; and two months for the Philippines, to June 1, 2011.

    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 December.

    FINAL ACTION CUT-OFF DATES FOR DECEMBER 2016

    EB-1
    Current for all countries.

    EB-2
    China: September 22, 2012
    India: February 1, 2008
    All other countries: Current

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

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

    EB-5
    China: March 22, 2014
    Current for all other countries.

    FILING ELIGIBILITY CUT-OFF DATES FOR DECEMBER 2016


    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.