The US Department of State has released the August 2016 Visa Bulletin, showing the new “Application Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications” (for information about the difference between these distinctions, see here).
"Final Action Dates" changes
In family-based categories, there is very slight movement forward from the July dates in some categories, but just by a few days or weeks in most categories. Most categories did not move forward at all, e.g. first preference for Mexico, all of
The biggest changes are in employment-based categories. The cutoff dates for EB-1 India and China have been set at January 1, 2010, while the cutoff dates for EB-2 Worldwide have been set at February 1, 2014. According to the Bulletin:
"The continued high level of demand for E1 numbers for USCIS adjustment of status applicants has required the establishment of a [cut-off] date for August. This has been done in an attempt to hold number use within the Worldwide E1 annual limit. The E1 date for these two countries [China and India] will once again become CURRENT for October, the first month of fiscal year 2017. "
In other categories, EB-2 for Mexico and the Philippines has been set at Feb 1, 2014, compared to being "current" in July.
EB-3 categories have all moved forward a little and EB-4 is unchanged except for India which has a cut-off date of Jan 1, 2010.
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August Visa Bulletin
FAQs on Preference Categories and Priority Dates
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.