The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step of the green card process. The complete visa bulletin can be found here.
Below is a summary of the December 2016 Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month:
- China continues to move forward at a slow pace, and the EB-3 cut-off date (July 1, 2013) remains ahead of the EB-2 date (September 22, 2012)
- India EB-2 jumps ahead three months to February 1, 2008, while EB-3 only advances one week to March 15, 2005
- Philippines EB-3 advances two months to June 1, 2011
- Worldwide EB-3 remains stalled at July 1, 2016.
The December Visa Bulletin includes the following important projections for future movement:
- China and India EB-1 will most likely have a cut-off date “at some point” during the fiscal year
- India EB-3 will move forward slowly and sporadically (i.e. move forward one week, then hold for a number of months, then move forward one week, then hold, repeat until end of fiscal year)
- Worldwide EB-2 will “likely” have a cut-off date by July
- Worldwide EB-3 is not expected to move forward in January
Note: USCIS has not yet announced whether it will accept I-485 applications based on the “Dates for Filing” chart. We will post an update once this information is available.