• April 2017 Visa Bulletin: Final Action Dates Advance for EB-2 China and India, EB-3 China and Worldwide
  • May 9, 2017
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • According to the State Department’s April Visa Bulletin, immigrant visa availability dates for final action will advance by one month for EB-2 China, to January 15, 2013, and by three weeks for EB-2 India, to June 22, 2008.

    The EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will advance by five months for China, to August 15, 2014; two days for India, to March 24, 2005; six months for the Philippines, to September 15, 2012; and two and a half months for all other countries, to February 15, 2017. The EB-3 other worker subcategory will advance by one month for China, to March 1, 2006; two days for India, to March 24, 2005; six months for the Philippines, to September 15, 2012; and two and a half months for all other countries, to February 15, 2017.

    Final action dates for the Regional Center and non-Regional Center EB-5 subcategories will remain current for all countries but China, which will advance by three weeks, to May 22, 2014. As a reminder, the EB-5 Regional Center program is set to expire on April 28, 2017, and therefore, visas in this subcategory will become unavailable as of April 29 unless the program is reauthorized by Congress. The non-Regional Center program will not be affected.

    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 March.

    FINAL ACTION CUT-OFF DATES FOR APRIL 2017

    EB-1
    Current for all countries.

    EB-2
    China: January 15, 2013
    India: June 22, 2008
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: August 15, 2014
    India: March 24, 2005
    Philippines: September 15, 2012
    All other countries: February 15, 2017

    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: March 1, 2006
    India: March 24, 2005
    Philippines: September 15, 2012
    All other countries: February 15, 2017

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

    FILING ELIGIBILITY CUT-OFF DATES FOR APRIL 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.