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The Department of State has issued its June 2016 Visa Bulletin with major retrogressions in priority dates for India’s and China’s EB-2 (Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability) and EB-3 (Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers) nonimmigrant visa applicants.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will only accept cases for EB-2–India with a priority date of October 1, 2004, a four-year retrogression.

For EB-2-China, USCIS will only accept cases with a priority date of January 1, 2010, a 20-month retrogression.

For EB-3-India, the USCIS will accept cases with a priority date of September 22, 2004, an advancement of 21 days.

For EB-3-China, the priority date has moved to January 1, 2010, a retrogression of about 3 years and 7 months.

Please note that the USCIS will only accept employment-based adjustment of status applications from foreign nationals with a priority date that is current for final action (not Dates for Filing).

Please contact SW Law Group if you have any further questions regarding these developments.