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USCIS has announced that there are more immigrant visas available for FY-2017 than known visa applicants, therefore, instead of using the “Final Action Dates” chart in the October 2016 Department of State Visa Bulletin, adjustment of status applicants may use the “Dates for Filing” charts for the October 2016 Visa Bulletin. USCIS anticipates that they will designate one of the two charts each month within one week of the Department of State’s publication of the Visa Bulletins.

Therefore, for those applicants who are in legal status in the United States with a nonimmigrant visa, who have an approved Employment Based petition in the categories listed below, use the “Dates for Filing” column to determine whether you can now submit your I-485, Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Resident, application packet to the USCIS.

Categories                    Final Action Dates                           Dates for Filing

EB-1-Worldwide:              Current                                         Current

EB-2-Worldwide:              Current                                          Current

India:                         January 15, 2007                          April 22, 2009

China:                       February 15, 2012                        March 1, 2013

EB-3-Worldwide:      June 1, 2016                                  Current

India:                         March 1, 2005                                July 1, 2005

China:                       January 22, 2013                            May 1, 2014

Philippines:          December 1, 2010                              September 1, 2013

If you have any further questions or would like assistance to submit your Adjustment of Status application packet, please contact SW Law Group regarding this development.