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The United States Department of State has recently published Visa Bulletin for March 2016 which include availability of family-based and employment-based immigrant numbers for “Application Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications.”

In the Final Action chart, the cutoff date for EB-2 India moves forward by 2.5 months, while the cutoff date for EB-3 India advances one month only. The cutoff date for EB-2 China moves up by 5 months, while the cutoff date for EB-3 China advances 8 months. The cutoff date for EB-3 for all chargeability areas except those listed, which includes Japanese-born individuals, advances to January 1, 2016.

Please see the chart below for the employment-based Final Action Dates.

Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA – mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C
2nd C 01AUG12 15OCT08 C C
3rd 01JAN16 01JUN13 15JUL04 01JAN16 15MAR08
Other Workers 01JAN16 01FEB07 15JUL04 01JAN16 15MAR08
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
(C5 and T5)
C 22JAN14 C C C
(I5 and R5)
C 22JAN14 C C C

As of February 8, 2016, USCIS has not advised whether in March 2016, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family- or employment-based petitions based on filing dates, rather than final action dates. USCIS anticipates that this information will be released soon.