The US Department of State has released the July 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 June dates, but just by a few days or weeks in most categories. Many categories did not move at all, for example, only 1st preference moved for Mexico.
Employment-based categories remain "Current" for all 1st preference applicants, and for 2nd preference from Mexico, Philippines, and countries other than India and China. Other categories advance by a few weeks or months, except for China EB-3, Other Workers. That category retrogressed by over 3 years, going from April 22, 2007 to January 1, 2004 in July.
For more information, please call Elaine Martin at 214-329-4148 or write to us.
July 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.