July 2017 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China Retrogresses 2.5 Years

As predicted previously, EB-3 China finally retrogresses for about 2.5 years after having been ahead of EB-2 for many months.  "Downgrade applications" from EB-2 has contributed to this sharp turn. However, the State Department predicts retrogression will be reversed in October 2017.  

On the other hand, EB-3 India has a nice forward movement of 9 months to 02/15/2006.
EB-1 India and China continued to have a cutoff date of 01/01/2012.

The State Department reports that cutoff dates will likely be introduced for several EB-2 categories: Mexico, Philippines and Other Countries.   It is important for eligible applicants in these categories to file their adjustment of status applications in June or July before any retrogression happens.  For examples, if they have an approved I-140 petition, they may submit their I-485 applications now.  Or if their labor applications have been certified, they may also submit the I-140 and I-485 applications together. 

Family immigration categories have some moderate forward movements.  FB-1 Mexico and Philippines move forward by about 4-5 months.

AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval)

FD : Dates for Filing Applications
FAMILY

Other Countries

China

India

Mexico

Philippines

F1

AD

12/22/2010

12/22/2010

12/22/2010

01/15/1996
09/15/2006

FD

07/22/2011

07/22/2011

07/22/2011

04/01/1996

09/08/2007

F2A

AD

09/08/2015

09/08/2015

09/08/2015

08/22/2015

09/08/2015

FD

04/08/2016

04/08/2016

04/08/2016

04/08/2016

04/08/2016

F2B

AD

11/01/2010

11/01/2010

11/01/2010

06/01/1996

11/01/2006

FD

09/1/2011

09/01/2011

09/01/2011

08/08/1996

07/22/2007

F3

AD

07/08/2005

07/08/2005

07/08/2005

03/22/1995

12/15/1994

FD

12/01/2005

12/01/2005

12/01/2005

05/01/1995

02/01/1995

F4

AD

05/08/2004

05/08/2004

09/22/2003

08/01/1997

02/15/1994
FD

11/15/2004

11/15/2004

06/22/2004

01/08/1998

02/08/1995

1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,000 per year).

2A: The 2 "A" preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.

2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.

3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens.(about 23,000 per year)

4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)

Employment

Other Countries

China

El Salvador Guatemala Honduras

India

Mexico

Philippines

EB1

AD

C

01/01/2012

C

01/01/2012

C

C

FD

C

C

N/A

C

C

C

EB2

AD

C

03/22/2013

C

07/22/2008

C

C

FD

C

10/01/2013

N/A

02/01/2009

C

C

EB3

AD

06/08/2017

01/01/2012
06/08/2017

02/15/2006
06/08/2017

05/15/2014
FD

C

09/01/2015

N/A

10/01/2006

C

07/01/2015
Other Workers

AD

06/08/2017

07/15/2006

06/08/2017

02/15/2006
06/08/2017

05/15/2014
FD

C

06/01/2008

N/A

10/01/2006

C

07/01/2015
EB4

AD

C

C

08/15/2015

08/15/2015  

08/15/2015

C

FD

C

C

N/A

C

C

C

EB5

AD

C

06/08/2014

C

C

C

C

FD

C

09/01/2014

N/A

C

C

C

1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers,outstanding prof./researchers)
2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.
3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)
4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious & others)
5th: Employment Creation (Investors)

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