EB-1 China and India once again become “current” as does EB-2 Worldwide.
The US Department of State has released its October 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability and the flow of status adjustments and consular immigrant visa application filings and approvals.
What Does the October 2017 Visa Bulletin Say?
The October 2017 Visa Bulletin includes both a Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart and an Application Final Action Dates chart. The former indicates when intending immigrants may file their applications for adjustments of status or immigrant visas, and the latter indicates when adjustment of status applications or immigrant visa applications may be approved and permanent residence granted. Unless otherwise indicated on the USCIS website, individuals seeking to file applications for adjustment of status with USCIS must use the Application Final Action Dates chart below. USCIS has not yet indicated which set of cutoff dates will control in October.
To be eligible to file an employment-based (EB) adjustment application in October 2017, a foreign national must have a priority date that is earlier than the date listed below for his or her preference category and country (changes from last month’s Visa Bulletin are shown in yellow).
Application Final Action Dates
Dates for Filing Visa Applications
On the Application Final Action Dates chart, the cutoff dates for EB-1 will once again be “current” for all chargeable countries, including India and China. The EB-2 cutoff dates for the rest of the world, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the Philippines allotment are also “current” again. The EB-2 cutoff for China advanced one week to May 22, 2013. Cutoff dates for EB-2 India moved forward three weeks to September 15, 2008.
The EB-3 cutoff dates for the worldwide allotment as well as for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico will be “current.” The cutoff date for EB-3 China will advance by two years to January 1, 2014, and the cutoff date for EB-3 India will remain at October 15, 2006. The cutoff date for EB-3 Philippines will advance to December 1, 2015.
On the Dates for Filing chart, the cutoff dates for EB-1 will be “current” for all chargeable countries, including India and China. The EB-2 cutoff dates for the rest of the world, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the Philippines allotment will also remain “current.” Cutoff dates for EB-2 China will advance by six weeks to November 15, 2013. Cutoff dates for EB-2 India will advance by one week to February 8, 2009.
Cutoff dates for EB-3 China will remain at September 1, 2015, and for “other workers,” the cutoff dates will remain at June 1, 2008. Cutoff dates for EB-3 India will advance to January 1, 2008. Finally, cutoff dates for EB-3 Philippines will advance by seven months to August 1, 2016.
Additionally, as discussed in our previous LawFlash, USCIS will now require personal interviews of all employment-based adjustment of status (AOS) applications, following a phase-in period, commencing October 1, 2017. We anticipate that the interview requirement will slow down the processing of AOS applications considerably.
Read the October 2017 Visa Bulletin.