The Department of State (DOS) recently released the August Visa Bulletin Big jumps were seen in EB3 India and EB3 Philippines however, these jumps were not unexpected as the DOS continues to make progress toward meeting the Dates for Filing chart released at the beginning of the fiscal year. In theory, by the end of the fiscal year, all dates listed in the Oct 2016 Dates for Filing chart will have been met during the fiscal year. EB2 for the Philippines and the rest of the world (ROW) retrogressed but, they are expected to return to current when the new fiscal year starts in Oct 2017.