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Visa Bulletin

Beginning with the October Visa Bulletin, there are now two charts listing dates for each preference category and country of chargeability: (1) An "Application Final Action Dates" chart ("Final Action Date"); and (2) a "Dates for Filing Applications" chart ("Filing Date"). USCIS has also issued a fact sheet describing the new procedures. Previously, the Visa Bulletin only listed a single chart of cut-off dates, which was the same as the newly labeled "Final Action Date" chart.

AVAILABILITY OF IMMIGRANT VISA NUMBERS FOR OCTOBER 2017

A. APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED CATEGORIES

  

Worldwide

China (Mainland Born)

IndiaMexicoPhilippines
F1Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens12/22/201012/22/2010

12/22/2010

3/1/19961/1/2007
F2Spouses & Unmarried Children of Permanent Resident - Subject to Per Country 10/22/201510/22/2015

10/22/2015

10/15/201510/22/2015
F2BUnmarried Sons & Daughters (21 years of age of older) of Permanent Residents)11/8/201011/8/2010

11/8/2010

7/15/19961/1/2007
F3Married Sons & Daughters of U. S. Citizens7/22/20057/22/2005

7/22/2005

4/22/19952/22/1995
F4Brother & Sister of Adult U. S. Citizens5/8/20045/8/200410/1/200310/1/19976/1/1994

 

B. DATES FOR FILING FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA APPLICATIONS

  Worldwide 

China (Mainland Born)

IndiaMexicoPhilippines
F1 Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens

1/1/20121/1/20121/1/201211/1/199610/1/2007
F2Spouses & Unmarried Children of Permanent Resident - Subject to Per Country 

11/1/201611/1/201611/1/201611/1/201611/1/2016
F2B Unmarried Sons & Daughters (21 years of age of older) of Permanent Residents)
9/1/20119/1/20119/1/20111/1/19979/1/2007
F3Married Sons & Daughters of U. S. Citizens

12/1/200512/1/2005 12/1/200510/1/19956/15/1995
F4Brother & Sister of Adult U.S. Citizens11/15/2004 11/15/20046/22/20042/8/19983/1/1995

 

A. APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES

  

Worldwide

China (Mainland Born)

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras India MexicoPhilippines
EB1Priority WorkersCC CCC

C

 

EB2Professionals Holding Advanced Degree or Persons of Exceptional AbilityC5/22/2013C9/15/2008CC

EB3


Skilled Workers & ProfessionalsC1/1/2014C10/15/2006C12/1/2015

EB3


Other Workers (Unskilled Workers)C1/1/2006C10/15/2006C12/1/2015
EB4Certain Special ImmigrantsCC11/1/2015C3/1/2016

C

 

EB4


Certain Religious Workers (SR)CC11/1/2015C3/1/2016C

EB5


Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)C6/22/2014CCCC

EB5


Regional Center (I5 and R5)C6/22/2014CCCC

 

B. DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS

  worldwide 

China (Mainland born)

el Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras  IndiaMexicoPhilippines
EB1 Priority Workers
 
C CCCC
EB2 Professionals Holding Advanced Degree or Persons of Exceptional Ability
11/15/2013 C2/8/2009C C
EB3 Skilled Workers & Professionals
C9/1/2015 C1/1/2008 C8/1/2016 
EB3 Other Workers (Unskilled Workers)
C6/1/2008 C1/1/2008 C8/1/2016
EB4 Certain Special Immigrants
 
C4/15/2016CCC
EB4 Certain Religious Workers (SR)
 
C4/15/2016CCC
EB5Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)C10/1/2014CCCC
EB5Regional Center (I5 and R5) C10/1/2014CCC

 

WHEN TO FILE YOUR ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS APPLICATION TO FILE FOR CONSULAR PROCESSING FOR FAMILY-BASED OR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE VISAS.

Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, you can learn more about the Adjustment of Status Filing Process. If you already have a petition filed or approved on your behalf, you may have to wait for an available visa in your category (if applicable) before you can file your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. The linked page(s) will help you determine when to file your adjustment of status application. TO READ MORE, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 


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