The August 2017 Visa Bulletin has been released and contains the following cut-off dates (Final Action Chart):

EB-2 Category

Rest of World (ROW): 01Apr15

China: 22Apr13 – Forward 4 weeks.

India: 22Jul08 – no change.

Mexico: 01Apr15

Philippines: 01Apr15

EB-3 Category

Rest of World (ROW): Current

China: 01Jan12 – no change.

India:  15Jul06 – Forward 5 months.

Mexico: Current

Philippines: 01Jun15 – Forward 1 year and 2 weeks.

Dates for Filing Chart – New Feature

The August 2017 Visa Bulletin includes the “Dates for Filing” chart which was introduced in October 2015. See other posts on our blog which discuss in detail how this is to be used. For the purposes of this post, we will simply indicate that if you are in the US and have a priority date which is earlier than the date for your category on this chart, you will be eligible to file an I-485, Application to Adjust Status on August 1, 2017 (as long as USCIS agrees to accept filings pursuant to this chart in the month of July). That will be announced by USCIS in a week or so. Look for an update on our blog once USCIS makes that announcement. We expect these dates to remain static throughout the year (see discussions elsewhere on the blog).

EB-2 Category

Rest of World (ROW): Current – no change.

China: 01Oct13 – no change.

India: 01Feb09 – no change.

Mexico: Current – no change.

Philippines:  Current – no change.

EB-3 Category

Rest of World (ROW): Current – no change.

China: 01Sep15 – no change.

India: 01Jan07 – Forward 3 months.

Mexico: Current – no change.

Philippines: 01Jan16 – Forward 6 months.

“Dates for Filing” Instructions

The Visa Bulletin contains the following instructions about the above chart:

The chart above reflects dates for filing visa applications within a time frame justifying immediate action in the application process. Applicants for immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the cut-off date in the chart may assemble and submit required documents to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, following receipt of notification from the National Visa Center containing detailed instructions. The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa. If a category is designated “current,” all applicants in the relevant category may file, regardless of priority date.

The “C” listing indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date. The listing of a date for any category indicates that only applicants with a priority date which is earlier than the listed date may file their application. USCIS has determined that this chart may be used (in lieu of the chart in paragraph 5.A.) this month for filing applications for adjustment of status with USCIS.

Visit USCIS for information on whether USCIS has determined that this chart can be used this month for filing applications for adjustment of status with USCIS.

Miscellaneous Notes

WORLDWIDE, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, MEXICO, AND PHILIPPINES
Employment-based Second (E2) Preference category: Readers were advised in item D of the May Visa Bulletin number 6, that it was likely that a date would be imposed at some point. High demand for numbers for USCIS adjustment of status applicants has required the establishment of a date for August. This action will allow number use to be held within the Worldwide E2 annual limit. The E2 date for these countries will once again become CURRENT for October, the first month of fiscal year 2018.

You can find the Visa Bulletin HERE.

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