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Monday, June 19, 2017

July 2017 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China Retrogresses 2.5 Years


As predicted previously, EB-3 China finally retrogresses for about 2.5 years after having been ahead of EB-2 for many months.  "Downgrade applications" from EB-2 has contributed to this sharp turn. However, the State Department predicts retrogression will be reversed in October 2017.  

On the other hand, EB-3 India has a nice forward movement of 9 months to 02/15/2006.

EB-1 India and China continued to have a cutoff date of 01/01/2012.

The State Department reports that cutoff dates will likely be introduced for several EB-2 categories: Mexico, Philippines and Other Countries.   It is important for eligible applicants in these categories to file their adjustment of status applications in June or July before any retrogression happens.  For examples, if they have an approved I-140 petition, they may submit their I-485 applications now.  Or if their labor applications have been certified, they may also submit the I-140 and I-485 applications together. 

Family immigration categories have some moderate forward movements.  FB-1 Mexico and Philippines move forward by about 4-5 months.


AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval)
FD : Dates for Filing Applications
FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
12/22/2010
12/22/2010
12/22/2010
01/15/1996
09/15/2006
FD
07/22/2011
07/22/2011
07/22/2011
04/01/1996
09/08/2007
F2A
AD
09/08/2015
09/08/2015
09/08/2015
08/22/2015
09/08/2015
FD
04/08/2016
04/08/2016
04/08/2016
04/08/2016
04/08/2016
F2B
AD
11/01/2010
11/01/2010
11/01/2010
06/01/1996
11/01/2006
FD
09/1/2011
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
08/08/1996
07/22/2007
F3
AD
07/08/2005
07/08/2005
07/08/2005
03/22/1995
12/15/1994
FD
12/01/2005
12/01/2005
12/01/2005
05/01/1995
02/01/1995
F4
AD
05/08/2004
05/08/2004
09/22/2003
08/01/1997
02/15/1994
FD
11/15/2004
11/15/2004
06/22/2004
01/08/1998
02/08/1995
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
01/01/2012
C
01/01/2012
C
C
FD
C
C
N/A
C
C
C
EB2
AD
C
03/22/2013
C
07/22/2008
C
C
FD
C
10/01/2013
N/A
02/01/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
06/08/2017
01/01/2012
06/08/2017
02/15/2006
06/08/2017
05/15/2014
FD
C
09/01/2015
N/A
10/01/2006
C
07/01/2015
Other Workers
AD
06/08/2017
07/15/2006
06/08/2017
02/15/2006
06/08/2017
05/15/2014
FD
C
06/01/2008
N/A
10/01/2006
C
07/01/2015
EB4
AD
C
C
08/15/2015
08/15/2015  
08/15/2015
C
FD
C
C
N/A
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
06/08/2014
C
C
C
C
FD
C
09/01/2014
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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