The US Department of State has released the March 2016 Visa Bulletin, showing the new “Application Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications” (for information about the difference between these two relatively new distinctions, see here).
"Final Action Dates" changes
In family-based categories, there is very slight movement forward from the February dates, but just by a few days or weeks in most categories.
Employment-based categories remain "Current" for all 1st preference applicants, and for 2nd preference from Mexico, Philippines, and countries other than India and China. EB-2 for China moves forward by about 5 months, to August 1, 2012, and EB-2 for India advances by 10 weeks. EB-3 for China jumps forward by 9 months (to June 1, 2013), India advances by 1 month, Philippines by 2 months, and all other countries, including Mexico, advance by 3 months.
"Dates for Filing Applications" changes
There is no change in the filing dates in any of the family-based categories.
First preference: all current, as last month.
Second preference: China advances by 5 months. No other changes.
Third preference: China advances by 7 months, Mexico and ROW current.
Fourth preference and all other categories: no change.
For more information, please call Elaine Martin at 214-329-4148 or write to us.
March 2016 Visa Bulletin
February 2016 Visa Bulletin
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.