Visa Bulletin – March 2017

The Department of State has released its latest Visa Bulletin.
Click here to view the March 2017 Visa Bulletin

 

The monthly Visa Bulletin has changed. The bulletin now summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during the reported month for: “Application Final Action Dates” (consistent with prior Visa Bulletins) and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center using Consular Processing (outside of the US) or file on their own with USCIS Form I-485 (within the US).

Application Final Action Dates (consistent with prior Visa Bulletins)
The “Application Final Action Dates” chart, as provided in the March 2017 Visa Bulletin shows the EB2 date for nationals from India moved from 4/15/08 to 6/1/08; the EB3 date for nationals from India remained at 3/22/05; the EB2 date for Chinese Nationals moved from 11/15/12 to 12/15/12; the EB3 date for Chinese Nationals moved from 10/1/13 to 3/15/14; and the EB3 date for the WW category moved from 10/1/16 to 12/1/16; and the F2A category moved from 4/15/15 to 5/8/15, except Mexico which moved from 4/1/15 to 4/22/15. The F2A category is reserved exclusively for Spouses and unmarried children (under the age of 21) of green card holders (LPRs). Please understand the Immigrant Visas are authorized for issuance ONLY for applicants whose priority date is EARLIER than the cut-off date listed in the chart.

Dates for Filing Applications
The “Dates for Filing Applications” chart, as provided in the March 2017 Visa Bulletin shows the EB2 date for nationals from India at 4/22/09; the EB3 date for nationals from India at 7/1/05; the EB2 date for Chinese Nationals at 3/1/13; the EB3 date for Chinese Nationals at 5/1/14; and EB3 date for the WW category is now CURRENT; and all of the F2A category at 11/22/15. Please understand that 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.

*”All Chargeability Areas except Those Listed”, includes all other countries except: China, India, Mexico and Philippines.