As the September Visa Bulletin sets forth the final action dates for the last month of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) makes some predictions in final action date movement in October and during FY 2018.
EB-1 China and EB-1 India. The final action date of January 1st, 2012, which was imposed in June 2017, will remain the same for EB-1 China and EB-1 India, as predicted. Based on current information, these categories will likely return to Current in October. However, DOS will continue to monitor demand carefully between now and early September. A final action date will definitely be imposed again for EB-1 China and EB-1 India at some point during the summer of 2018.
EB-2 Worldwide. The final action date for EB-2 Worldwide, advances nine months in September, from April 1st, 2015, to January 1st, 2016. This category will become current again on October 1st, 2017, and it should remain current for the foreseeable future.
EB-2 India. Smaller than anticipated EB-3 to EB-2 upgrade demand allows EB-2 India to advance one month to August 22nd, 2008, for September. Members should expect additional, slow movement of a few weeks at a time starting in October. It is hoped that the final action date for EB-2 India will be advanced to a date in December 2008 at some point between January and April 2018, depending on the level of EB-3 upgrade demand. DOS is also hopeful that the final action date for EB-2 India could advance to a date in 2009 at some point during the second half of FY 2018.
EB-2 and EB-3 China. In September, the final action date for EB-2 China will advance slightly to May 15th, 2013, and the final action date for EB-3 China will hold steady at January 1st, 2012. Members should expect to see a full recovery of EB-3 China in October, putting it once again ahead of the final action date for EB-2 China, creating conditions for EB-3 downgrades. EB-2 China should advance more swiftly than EB-2 India in the coming fiscal year, at a pace of three to six weeks per month.
EB-3 Worldwide. The EB-3 Worldwide final action date, which became current in August, is likely to remain current in October, absent significant demand materializing within the next few weeks. Demand for EB-3 Worldwide will have a significant impact on the ability of the EB-3 India final action date to advance significantly at the end of FY 2018, based on the availability of “otherwise unused” numbers.
EB-3 India. The final action date for EB-3 India advances three months in September to October 15th, 2006, consistent with DOS’s predictions. This category is expected to continue to advance at a pace of several weeks at a time as we enter the new fiscal year.
EB-3 Philippines. The final action date for EB-3 Philippines advances another five months to November 1st, 2015, in September. DOS speculates that demand in this category may materialize abruptly, but he does not expect that to occur until after the first of the year.
EB-5 China. The final action date for EB-5 China holds at June 15th, 2014, in September. This category will sunset at the end of September if the program is not reauthorized by Congress. As in the past, the October Visa Bulletin will likely address the final action date that will apply to this category if it is reauthorized.
FB-1 and FB-4. As noted in the Visa Bulletin for September 2017, high demand necessitated a temporary retrogression of the final action dates in the FB-1 and FB-4 Worldwide, China, El Salvador, Guatemala, India and Honduras categories for September. A full recovery of the final action dates for these categories will occur in October.
Special Immigrants. In September, the final action date for EB-4 India, Mexico, and El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras advances more than one month to October 22nd, 2015. EB-4 India will become current in October and will remain so until spring or summer 2018. Additionally, in October, it is possible