The March 2016 Visa Bulletin is now available online.  The significant news arises in the EB-3 category with respect to dates for filing visa applications: EB-3 Worldwide is now current. EB-3 China has advanced from Oct. 1, 2013, to May 1, 2015, making the native Chinese EB-3 and EB-5 filing dates identical. Compared to February, March 2016 brings modest-to-moderate movement forward in the “final action dates” for the employment-based cases.

Below are the two charts for March 2016:

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

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DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS

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The Visa Bulletin also put forth the following projection of EB visa availability in the coming months, setting the expectations for stakeholders:

  • EB-1 : Projected to stay current
  • EB-2:
    • Worldwide: Projected to stay current
    • China: Movement up to five months
    • India: Movement up to three months
  •  EB-3:
    • Worldwide: Recent forward moment will generate demand – once materialized it will be necessary to establish a cut-off date
    • China: Movement up to five months
    • India:  Movement up to one month
    • Mexico: Will remain at worldwide date
    • Philippines: Movement up to four months
  • EB-4: Current “for most countries”
  • EB-5:
    • All countries (except China): Will remain current.
    • China: “Slow forward movement”