March 2017 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China and Philippines Advance 5+ Months



In the March 2017 Visa Bulletin, EB-2 India advances 1.5 months while EB-3 India remains unchanged. EB-2 China moves forward by one month while EB-3 China jumps forward by 5.5 months!  

EB-3 China remains significantly ahead of EB-2 China.  Therefore, downgrading of the I-140 remains an option for Chinese-born applicants in order to expedite their green card application process.


EB-3 Philippines also leaps forward by 5 months.

Family First Preference advances 3 months for China, India and Other Countries. Other family categories have smaller advancements.   Please see the charts below for details.

AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval)

FD : Dates for Filing Applications
FAMILY

Other Countries

China
India

Mexico

Philippines

F1

AD

06/01/2010
06/01/2010

06/01/2010

05/15/1995

12/15/2005

FD

01/01/2011

01/01/2011

01/01/2011

06/01/1995

05/01/2006

F2A
AD

05/08/2015
05/08/2015
05/08/2015
04/22/2015
05/08/2015
FD

11/22/2015

11/22/2015

11/22/2015

11/22/2015

11/22/2015

F2B
AD

08/15/2010

08/15/2010

08/15/2010

11/22/1995

05/01/2006

FD

02/08/2011

02/08/2011

02/08/2011

06/01/1996

02/01/2007

F3

AD

04/22/2005
04/22/2005
04/22/2005
12/22/1994

09/08/1994

FD

08/22/2005

08/22/2005

08/22/2005

05/01/1995

01/01/1995

F4

AD

02/22/2004
02/22/2004
07/22/2003
06/01/1997

08/01/1993

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

06/01/2008
C

C

FD

C

03/01/2013

N/A

04/22/2009

C

C

EB3

AD

12/01/2016

03/15/2014
12/01/2016

03/22/2005

12/01/2016

03/15/2012
FD

C

05/01/2014

N/A

07/01/2005

C

09/01/2013

Other Workers
AD

12/01/2016

02/01/2006
12/01/2016

03/22/2005

12/01/2016

03/15/2012
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

05/01/2014

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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