April 2017 Visa Bulletin: Family 1st Advances 4 1/2 Months / EB-3 China Advances 5 Months




In the April 2017 Visa Bulletin, EB-3 China advances 5 months to August 15, 2014 while EB-2 China moves forward by 1 month to January 15, 2013.  EB-3 China is now 19 months ahead of EB-2 China, which means that "downgrading" continues to be a good way to shorten one's waiting time for an immigrant visa.


EB-2 India advances 3 weeks while EB-3 India only tiptoed forward by 2 days!


EB-1 continues to be current for all categories this month. 



Many family visa categories advance moderately.  Family First (F-1) advances significantly by 4 1/2 months for many countries including India, China and Other Countries.  F-1 Philippines moves forward by one month.  Most F-2 categories including China, India, Philippines and Other Countries also moves forward by 1 month to June 8, 2015.  

AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval)
FD : Dates for Filing Applications
FAMILY

Other Countries

China
India

Mexico

Philippines

F1

AD

10/15/2010
10/15/2010

10/15/2010

05/22/1995

01/15/2006
FD

01/01/2011

01/01/2011

01/01/2011

06/01/1995

05/01/2006

F2A
AD

06/08/2015
06/08/2015
06/08/2015
05/22/2015
06/08/2015
FD

11/22/2015

11/22/2015

11/22/2015

11/22/2015

11/22/2015

F2B
AD

09/15/2010

09/15/2010

09/15/2010

12/22/1995

06/15/2006

FD

02/08/2011

02/08/2011

02/08/2011

06/01/1996

02/01/2007

F3

AD

05/15/2005
05/15/2005
05/15/2005
01/08/1995
09/15/1994

FD

08/22/2005

08/22/2005

08/22/2005

05/01/1995

01/01/1995

F4

AD

05/08/2004
05/08/2004
08/15/2003
06/15/1997

09/08/1993

FD

07/01/2004

07/01/2004

05/01/2004

12/01/1997

04/01/1994

1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,000 per year).

2A: The 2 "A" preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.
2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.

3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens.(about 23,000 per year)

4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)

Employment
Other Countries
China
El Salvador Guatemala Honduras
India
Mexico
Philippines
EB1
AD

C

C

C

C

C

C

FD

C

C

N/A
C

C

C

EB2

AD

C

12/15/2012

C

06/22/2008
C

C

FD

C

03/01/2013

N/A
04/22/2009

C

C

EB3

AD

02/15/2017
08/15/2014
02/15/2017
03/24/2005

02/15/2017
09/15/2012
FD

C

05/01/2014

N/A
07/01/2005

C

09/01/2013

Other Workers
AD

02/15/2017
03/01/2006
02/15/2017
03/24/2005

02/15/2017
12/15/2012
FD

C

08/01/2009

N/A
07/01/2005

C

09/01/2013

EB4

AD

C

C
07/15/2015
C  
07/15/2015
C

FD

C

C

N/A
C

C

C

EB5

AD

C

05/22/2014

C

C

C

C

FD

C

06/15/2014

N/A
C

C

C


1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers,outstanding prof./researchers)
2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.
3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)
4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious & others)
5th: Employment Creation (Investors)

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