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July 2016 Visa Bulletin Shows Little or No Advancement for Most Categories

15 Jun

The U.S. Department of State recently published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for July 2016, reporting little or no advancement to the “final action cutoff date” for applicants in most employment-based categories experiencing a backlog. The largest progression in the “final action cutoff date” was by over three (3) months for EB-3 applicants born in the Philippines. The EB-2 and EB-3 preference categories for India also both progressed by one (1) month. The EB-2 and EB-3 preference categories for China remained the same as the previous month’s visa bulletin.

The “final action cutoff dates” below represent the cutoff date for approval of pending applications and for the filing of new employment-based applications.

Final Action Cutoff Dates

Employment-Based Preference All Chargeability
Areas
Except Those Listed
CHINA-Mainland Born EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st Final Action
Cut-off Date
C C C C C C
2nd Final Action
Cut-off Date
C 01JAN10
No change
C 01NOV04
Forward 1 month
C C
3rd Final Action
Cut-off Date
01MAR16
Forward  2 wks
01JAN10
No change
01MAR16
Forward  2 wks
22OCT04
Forward 1 month
01MAR16
Forward  2 wks
15FEB09
Forward 3.5 months
Other Worker Final Action Cut-off Date 01MAR16
Forward  2 wks
01JAN04
Retrogress 3.25 yrs
01MAR16
Forward  2 wks
22OCT04
Forward 1 month
01MAR16
Forward  2 wks
15FEB09
Forward 3.5 months

* The “Final Action Cut-off Date” is the date traditionally published each month in the Visa Bulletin before the October 2015 Visa Bulletin.

As always, Foster will continue to monitor immigrant visa availability and the procedures that allow for filing Applications to Adjust Status to permanent resident and will provide additional information in future Immigration Updates© and on our firm’s website at www.fosterglobal.com.