US: March 2016 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 India and China final action dates will advance again

According to the State Department’s March Visa Bulletin, the cut-off date for final issuance of an immigrant visa will advance by five months for EB-2 China, to August 1, 2012, and by six weeks for EB-2 India, to October 15, 2008. 

Final action cut-off dates for EB-3 professionals and skilled workers will advance by eight months for China, to June 1, 2013; by one month for India, to July 15, 2004; by just over two months for the Philippines, to March 15, 2008; and by three months for all other countries, to January 1, 2016.  Final action cut-off dates for EB-5 China, in both the Regional Centre and non-Regional Centre programs, will advance by one week, to January 22, 2014.  

Cut-off dates for eligibility to file an application for permanent residence will advance by five months for EB-2 China, to June 1, 2013, but will not advance for EB-2 India.  Filing eligibility dates in EB-3 will advance by one year and seven months for China, to May 1, 2015, and will be current for most other countries, with the exception of India and the Philippines, which will remain unchanged.  In the coming days, USCIS is expected to announce on its own Visa Bulletin web page whether it will accept adjustment of status applications from foreign nationals with a priority date that makes them eligible to file in March.  

Future Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Availability

If current demand for immigrant visas continues at current levels, the State Department projects that cut-off dates for employment-based preference categories could advance to the following dates by June 2016:

  • EB-2 China:  Up to five months
  • EB-2 India:  Up to three months
  • EB-3 China:  Up to five months
  • EB-3 India:  Up to one month
  • EB-3 Philippines:  Up to four months
  • EB-3 All other countries:  Slow or no movement
  • EB-5 China:  Slow forward movement

FINAL ACTION CUT-OFF DATES FOR MARCH 2016

EB-1

Current for all countries. 

EB-2

China: August 1, 2012

India:  October 15, 2008

All other countries: Current

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

China: June 1, 2013

India: July 15, 2004

Philippines: March 15, 2008

All other countries:  January 1, 2016

EB-3 Other Workers

China: February 1, 2007

India: July 15, 2004

Philippines: March 15, 2008

All other countries: January 1, 2016

EB-5

China: January 22, 2014

Current for all other countries and subcategories.

FILING ELIGIBILITY CUT-OFF DATES FOR MARCH 2016

EB-1

Current for all countries. 

EB-2

China: June 1, 2013

India: July 1, 2009

All other countries: Current 

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

China:  May 1, 2015

India: July 1, 2005

Philippines: January 1, 2010

All other countries: Current 

EB-3 Other Workers

China: August 1, 2007

India: July 1, 2005

Philippines: January 1, 2010

All other countries: Current 

EB-5

China: May 1, 2015

Current for all other countries and subcategories.

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK