November Visa Bulletin: Final Action Dates to advance for EB-2 India, EB-2 China, EB-3 Philippines; No change to Dates for Filing

9 Oct 15

UNITED STATES

Application Final Action dates will advance for Indian nationals in the EB-2 category and Philippine nationals in the EB-3 category, according to the November Visa Bulletin released by the State Department.

Final Action cutoff dates for EB-2 India will advance by one year to Aug. 1, 2006 (from May 1, 2005). EB-2 China will also advance moderately by one month to Feb. 1, 2012 (from Jan. 1, 2012). Final Action dates for all other countries in the EB-2 category will remain current.

In the EB-3 category, Final Action dates for Chinese nationals will advance by more than two months to Jan. 1, 2012 (from Oct. 15, 2011), and EB-3 India will advance by three weeks from March 8, 2004 to April 1, 2004. Cutoff dates for the EB-3 Philippines category will advance more than five months to June 15, 2007 (from Jan. 1, 2007). Final Action dates for all other countries in the EB-3 category will not move from last month’s priority date of Aug. 15, 2015.

All EB-1 categories will remain current. Additionally, the recent extension of the Special Immigrant Religious Workers program under Congress’ stopgap budget measure renders that category current for all nationals.

There will be no changes to cutoff Dates for Filing from those announced in the revised October Visa Bulletin on Sept. 25. This means that the cutoff dates for filing adjustment of status applications for EB-2 Chinese nationals will remain at Jan. 1, 2013; EB-2 India will remain at July 1, 2009; and EB-3 Philippines will remain at Jan. 1, 2010. Employment-based immigrants whose priority date is earlier than the Date for Filing cutoff date for their category are eligible to file an application to adjust status.

Summary of the November Visa Bulletin:

Final Action Dates for Approval of Employment-based Petitions:

Preference China India Mexico Philippines Rest of World
EB-1 Current Current Current Current Current
EB-2 Feb. 1, 2012 Aug. 1, 2006 Current Current Current
EB-3 Jan. 1, 2012 April 1, 2004 Aug. 15, 2015 June 15, 2007 Aug. 15, 2015
Other workers April 1, 2006 April 1, 2004 Aug. 15, 2015 June 15, 2007 Aug. 15, 2015

Dates for Filing for Employment-based Adjustment of Status Applications:

Preference China India Mexico Philippines Rest of World
EB-1 Current Current Current Current Current
EB-2 Jan. 1, 2013 July 1, 2009 Current Current Current
EB-3 Oct. 1, 2013 July 1, 2005 Sept. 1, 2015 Jan. 1, 2010 Sept. 1, 2015
Other workers Jan. 1, 2007 July 1, 2005 Sept. 1, 2015 Jan. 1, 2010 Sept. 1, 2015

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