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The Department of State (DOS) has issued its October 2016 Visa Bulletin for Fiscal Year 2017.  With the October 2017 Visa Bulletin, some categories returned to their “current status.”

EB-1 (Priority Workers) is current worldwide as predicted. EB-2 (Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability) India, an advancement of 1 year 10 months 25 days, China, an advancement of 2 years 1 month 15 days, while current worldwide. For EB-3 (Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers) categories there is advancement for all categories: Worldwide by one month, India by 15 days, and the Philippines by five months. China significantly advanced by 3 years 21 days.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will only accept cases for the following:

EB-1-Worldwide:          Priority dates are current

EB-2-Worldwide:          Priority date is current, except:

India:                             Priority date of January 15, 2007,

Advancement of: 1 year, 10 months, 25 days.                                    

China:                          Priority date of February 15, 2012,

Advancement of:  2 years, 1 month, 15 days.

 EB-3-Worldwide:       Priority date of June 1, 2016except:

                                     Advancement of 1 month.

India:                           Priority date of March 1, 2005,

Advancement of 15 days.

China:            Priority date of January 22, 2013,

Advancement of 3 years, 21 days.

Philippines:     Priority date of December 1, 2010,

Advancement of 5 months.


  • EB-1 Will remain current for all countries.
  • EB-2 Worldwide:      Current, except

China:            Up to three months.

India:              Up to four months.

  • EB-3 Worldwide:      Will be necessary to limit movement with the significant                                                                   amount of demand for numbers.

China:             Up to three months.

India:              Up to one week.

Mexico:         Will remain at the worldwide date.

Philippines:   Up to three weeks.


NOTE: 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.