Priority cutoff dates for China EB-3 will retrogress to Jan. 1, 2012 according to the State Department’s July Visa Bulletin. Priority dates for India and the Philippines EB-3 categories will advance significantly, and EB-2 China and India will advance slightly in July.
Key movements in priority cutoff dates:
Additional notes: All EB-1 and EB-2 categories other than for China and India will remain current. It is likely that the retrogression for certain categories is being undertaken to control the number of visas issued between now and the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, as the number of available immigrant visas runs out. The number of immigrant visas will increase again under the 2018 fiscal year’s annual limits.
Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:
The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for July 2017. Applicants seeking to file for adjustment of status are reminded that the Dates for Filing chart does not take effect unless USCIS confirms it via a web posting in the next week or so. BAL will update clients once the State Department confirms whether the Dates for Filing chart can be used in July.
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