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Monday, May 9, 2016

JUNE 2016 VISA BULLETIN ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT RETROGRESSION FOR INDIA AND CHINA.

 

By: Michael Phulwani, Esq., David H. Nachman, Esq. and Rabindra K. Singh, Esq.

The Department of State’s June 2016 Visa Bulletin has announced major retrogression in the Final Action cut-off dates for India and China.

Specifically, in June 2016, India EB-2 Final Action cut-off date will retrogress to October 1, 2004, for the final issuance of immigrant visas. The India EB-2 Final Action cut-off date stood at November 22, 2008, in the May 2016 visa bulletin. Thus, India EB-2 Final Action cut-off date will retrogress by more than four (4) years in June 2016. India EB-3 will continue to move at the snail’s pace. The Final Action cut-off date for EB-3 India will move from September 1, 2004 to September 22, 2004.

Similar to India, EB-2 Final Action cut-off for China will retrogress by 20 months to January 1st 2010 in June 2016. Like EB-2, in June 2016, EB-3 China Final Action cut-off will also retrogress from current August 15, 2013, to January 1, 2010.

The DOS has cited “extremely high levels of Employment-based demand for adjustment of status cases filed with USCIS during past two (2) months” as the reason for retrogression of the EB-2 preference Final Action cut-off dates for India and China.

The June 2016 Visa Bulletin does not project a bullish forward movement in the immediate future for both India and China EB-2 and EB-3 preference categories. EB-2 India Final Action cut-off date is expected to advance slowly, at a pace consistent with that of the India EB-3 preference cut-off date, during the last three (3) months of the fiscal year. The projection is much worse for the Chinese nationals as the retrogressed Final Action cut-off is not likely to advance either in the EB-2 or EB-3 category.

Like the EB-2 preference category, Final Action cut-off date for the FB-4 category for both India and China will also retrogress in June 2016. India FB-4 Final Action cut-off will backward from present July 22, 2003, to January 1, 2001. Likewise, China FB-4 will retrogress from July 22, 2003, to January 1, 2003. While DOS is not in a position to project whether or not the China FB-4 will advance until the end of current fiscal year, it is almost certain that India FB-4 will not advance during the last quarter.

For the reference of readers, included below is the Final Action Date Chart per the June 2016 visa bulletin for the employment-based preference cases and family-sponsored preference cases.

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

 

All Chargeability

Areas Except

Those Listed

China-

Mainland

born

El Salvador

Guatemala

Honduras

IndiaMexicoPhilippines
1stCCCCCC
2ndC01JAN10C01OCT04CC
3rd15FEB1601JAN1015FEB1622SEP0415FEB1601NOV08

Other

Workers

15FEB1622APR0715FEB1622SEP0415FEB1601NOV08
4thCC01JAN10CCC

Certain

Reiligious

Workers

CC01JAN10CCC

5th

non-

Regional Center

C15FEB14CCCC

5th

Regional Center

C15FEB14CCCC

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES

 Family-Sponsored

All Chargeability Areas

Except Those Listed

China-Mainland BornIndiaMexicoPhilippines
 F115JAN0915JAN0915JAN0922FEB9522DEC04
F2A08NOV1408NOV1408NOV1401SEP1408NOV14
F2B22OCT0922OCT0922OCT0908SEP9501JUN05
F301DEC0401DEC0401DEC0422OCT9401FEB94
F408AUG0301JAN0301JAN0115APR9701DEC92



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