• September 2017 Visa Bulletin: Worldwide EB-2 Advances; EB-3 Remains Current for Many Countries and Advances for India
  • August 24, 2017
  • United States

    According to the State Department’s September Visa Bulletin, EB-2 final action cutoff dates will advance by nine months for most countries, to January 1, 2016. EB-2 China will advance by three weeks, to May 15, 2013, and EB-2 India will advance one month, to August 22, 2008. In the EB-1 category, the cutoff date for India and China will remain at January 1, 2012.

    The EB-3 professional and skilled worker subcategory will remain current for many countries. However, EB-3 China will remain at January 1, 2012, while EB-3 India will advance by three months, to October 15, 2006, and the Philippines will advance by five months, to November 1, 2015. In the other worker subcategory, EB-3 China will remain at January 1, 2004.

    The final action cutoff date for EB-5 China, in both the Regional Center and Non-Regional Center programs, will remain at June 15, 2014.

    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 is current for filing eligibility in September. The dates for filing will remain unchanged next month.

    FINAL ACTION CUT-OFF DATES FOR SEPTEMBER 2017

    EB-1
    China: January 1, 2012
    India: January 1, 2012
    All other countries: Current

    EB-2
    China: May 15, 2013
    India: August 22, 2008
    All other countries: January 1, 2016

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: January 1, 2012
    India: October 15, 2006
    Philippines: November 1, 2015
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: January 1, 2004
    India: October 15, 2006
    Philippines: November 1, 2015
    All other countries: Current

    EB-5
    China: June 15, 2014
    Current for all other countries.

    FILING ELIGIBILITY CUT-OFF DATES FOR SEPTEMBER 2017

    EB-1
    Current for all countries.

    EB-2
    China: October 1, 2013
    India: February 1, 2009
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: September 1, 2015
    India: January 1, 2007
    Philippines: January 1, 2016
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: June 1, 2008
    India: January 1, 2007
    Philippines: January 1, 2016
    All other countries: Current

    EB-5
    China: September 1, 2014

    Current for all other countries and subcategories.