US: April 2016 Visa Bulletin

According to the State Department’s April Visa Bulletin, the cut-off date for final issuance of an immigrant visa will advance by one month for EB-2 China, to September 1, 2012, and by three weeks for EB-2 India, to November 8, 2008. 

Final action cut-off dates for EB-3 professionals and skilled workers will advance by two and one-half months for China, to August 15, 2013; by three weeks for India, to August 8, 2004; by six weeks for the Philippines, to May 1, 2008; and by six weeks for all other countries, to February 15, 2016. Final action cut-off dates for EB-5 China, in both the Regional Center and non-Regional Center programs, will advance by one week, to February 1, 2014.  

There will be no advancement in cut-off dates for eligibility to file an application for permanent residence in any backlogged category.  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 April.

FINAL ACTION CUT-OFF DATES FOR APRIL 2016

EB-1

Current for all countries. 

EB-2

China: September 1, 2012
India:  November 8, 2008
All other countries: Current

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

China: August 15, 2013
India: August 8, 2004
Philippines: May 1, 2008
All other countries: February 15, 2016

EB-3 Other Workers

China: March 1, 2007
India: August 8, 2004
Philippines: May 1, 2008
All other countries: February 15, 2016

EB-5

China: February 1, 2014
Current for all other countries and subcategories.

 
FILING ELIGIBILITY CUT-OFF DATES FOR APRIL 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