December 2016 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 India, EB-2/EB-3 China Advance



In the December Visa Bulletin, EB-2 India advances 3 months.  EB-2 China and EB-3 China move forward 9 weeks and 2.5 months respectively.  

EB-3 China remains ahead of EB-2 China.  Therefore, downgrading of the I-140 remains an option for Chinese-born applicants.

EB-3 Philippines moves forward by 2 months.

Due to a large of number employment-based adjustment cases filed during late last winter, EB-1 India and China is expected to have a cutoff date (no longer current) later in the fiscal year. EB-3 India will only advance one week per month or not advance at all. 


Family First Preference advances 5.5 weeks for most countries.  Other family categories have small advancements. 


USE OF DATES FOR FILING APPLICATIONS BY USCIS -
USCIS has determined that applicants in the family-sponsored and employment-based, first through fourth preference categories may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart in the DOS Visa Bulletin for December 2016. 
However, employment-based, fifth preference applicants must use the Application Final Action Dates chart in the December Visa Bulletin.


AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval)

FD : Dates for Filing Applications

FAMILY
Other Countries

China

India

Mexico
Philippines
F1

AD

12/01/2009
12/01/2009

12/01/2009

04/15/1995

09/15/2005

FD

01/01/2011

01/01/2011

01/01/2011

06/01/1995

05/01/2006

F2A
AD

02/22/2015
02/22/2015
02/22/2015
02/15/2015
02/22/2015
FD

11/22/2015

11/22/2015

11/22/2015

11/22/2015

11/22/2015

F2B
AD

05/08/2010

05/08/2010

05/08/2010

10/15/1995

03/01/2006

FD

02/08/2011

02/08/2011

02/08/2011

06/01/1996

02/01/2007

F3

AD

02/15/2005
02/15/2005
02/15/2005
12/08/1994

08/15/1994

FD

08/22/2005

08/22/2005

08/22/2005

05/01/1995

01/01/1995

F4

AD

12/22/2003

10/01/2003

04/01/2003
05/15/1997

05/22/1993

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

09/22/2012

C

02/01/2008
C

C

FD

C

03/01/2013

N/A

04/22/2009

C

C

EB3

AD

07/01/2016

07/01/2013

07/01/2016

03/15/2005

07/01/2016

06/01/2011
FD

C

05/01/2014

N/A

07/01/2005

C

09/01/2013

Other Workers

AD

07/01/2016

11/01/2005

07/01/2016

03/15/2005

07/01/2016

06/01/2011
FD

C

08/01/2009

N/A

07/01/2005

C

09/01/2013

EB4

AD

C

C

07/15/2015

C

C

C

FD

C

C

N/A

C

C

C

EB5

AD

C

03/22/2014

C

C

C

C

FD

C

06/15/2014

N/A

C

C

C



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