USA: June 2016 Visa Bulletin

According to the State Department’s June Visa Bulletin, there will be significant retrogressions in the cut-off dates for final issuance of an immigrant visa for EB-2 India and China and EB-3 China next month, consistent with recent agency projections.  EB-2 India will retrogress by more than four years, to October 1, 2004, while EB-2 China will retrogress by 20 months, to January 1, 2010.  The EB-3 China cut-off date for professionals and skilled workers will move back by just over three years and seven months, to January 1, 2010. 

Final action cut-off dates will advance by three weeks for EB-3 India, to September 22, 2004, and by nearly three months for EB-3 Philippines, to November 1, 2008.  Priority date cut-offs for all other countries will be unchanged in EB-3.

The final action cut-off date for EB-5 China will advance by one week, to February 15, 2014.

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

Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Availability in the Coming Months

Final action dates for China EB-2 and EB-3 are not expected to advance for the remainder of this fiscal year, due to extremely heavy demand for the category.  In FY 2017, which begins October 1, 2016, China EB-2 and EB-3 cut-off dates are expected to return to May 2016 cut-off dates.

The State Department projects that EB-2 India will advance slowly over the next three months. 

FINAL ACTION CUT-OFF DATES FOR JUNE 2016

EB-1

Current for all countries.

 

EB-2

China: January 1, 2010

India: October 1, 2004

All other countries: Current

 

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

China:  January 1, 2010

India: September 22, 2004

Philippines: November 1, 2008

All other countries: February 15, 2016

 

EB-3 Other Workers

China: April 22, 2007

India: September 22, 2004

Philippines: November 1, 2008

All other countries: February 15, 2016

 

EB-5

China: February 15, 2014

Current for all other countries and subcategories.

 

FILING ELIGIBILITY CUT-OFF DATES FOR JUNE 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, 2009

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