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August 2016 Visa Bulletin

For July 2016 Visa Bulletin, please click here: http://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2016/visa-bulletin-july-2016.aspx

August 2016 Visa Bulletin has been released (valid from August 1 to August 31 only). Please see below for more details.

Family Based:
Final Action Dates
Dates For Filing Applications
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 22MAY09 22MAY09 22MAY09 08MAR95 22MAR05
F2A 15NOV14 15NOV14 15NOV14 01SEP14 15NOV14
F2B 08JAN10 08JAN10 08JAN10 08SEP95 15SEP05
F3 01DEC04 01DEC04 01DEC04 22OCT94 15MAR94
F4 15SEP03 01JAN03 01JAN01 15APR97 01FEB93
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 01JAN10 01JAN10 01JAN10 01APR95 22DEC05
F2A 22NOV15 22NOV15 22NOV15  22NOV15  22NOV15
F2B 08FEB11 08FEB11 08FEB11 22MAY96 01FEB06
F3 22AUG05 22AUG05 22AUG05 01MAY95 01AUG95
F4 15JUN04 15JUN04 01MAY04 01JUN98 15JUL93

Employment Based:
Final Action Dates
Dates For Filing Applications
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Employ-
ment
based
All Charge-
ability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C 01JAN10 C 01JAN10 C C
2nd 01FEB14 01JAN10 01FEB14 15NOV04 01FEB14 01FEB14
3rd 15MAR16 01JAN10 15MAR16 08NOV04 15MAR16 15MAY09
Other Workers 15MAR16 01JAN04 15MAR16 08NOV04 15MAR16 15MAY09
4th C C 01JAN10 01JAN10 01JAN10 C
Certain Religious Workers C C 01JAN10 01JAN10 01JAN10 C
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C 15FEB14 C C C C
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C 15FEB14 C C C C
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.
Employment- 
based
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
1st C C C C C
2nd C 01JUN13 01JUL09  C C
3rd C 01MAY15 01JUL05 C 01JAN13
Other Workers C 01AUG09 01JUL05 C 01JAN13
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C 01MAY15 C C C
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C 01MAY15 C C C

Special Notice from USCIS:(Show/Hide)

D.  OVERSUBSCRIPTION OF THE INDIA EMPLOYMENT-BASED
      FOURTH (E4) AND CERTAIN RELIGIOUS WORKERS (SR)
      PREFERENCE CATEGORIES

As readers were advised in the May Visa Bulletin number 92, there has been extremely high demand in the E4 and SR categories, primarily for Juvenile Court Dependent cases filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for adjustment of status. Pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, this has now required the implementation of E4 and SR Application Final Action Dates for India, which has reached its per-country limit.  This action will allow the Department to hold worldwide number use within the maximum allowed under the FY-2016 annual limits.

The India E4 and SR dates will become CURRENT for October.

E.  OVERSUBSCRIPTION OF THE CHINA AND INDIA
     EMPLOYMENT-BASED FIRST (E1) PREFERENCE CATEGORIES

Readers were advised in item F of the July Visa Bulletin number 94, that it would be necessary to impose a date for these two countries no later than September.  The continued high level of demand for E1 numbers for USCIS adjustment of status applicants has required the establishment of a date for August.  This has been done in an attempt to hold number use within the Worldwide E1 annual limit.  The E1 date for these two countries will once again become CURRENT for October, the first month of fiscal year 2017. 

F.  OVERSUBSCRIPTION OF THE WORLDWIDE, EL SALVADOR,
     GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, MEXICO, AND PHILIPPINES
     EMPLOYMENT-BASED SECOND (E2) PREFERENCE CATEGORIES

Readers were advised in item F of the July Visa Bulletin number 94, that it was likely that a date would be imposed by September.  Continued high demand for numbers for USCIS adjustment of status applicants has required the establishment of a date for August.  This action has been required to hold number use within the Worldwide E2 annual limit.  The date for these countries will once again become CURRENT for October, the first month of fiscal year 2017.

G.  VISA AVAILABILITY

Number use in the Worldwide F2A and F3 preference categories has increased dramatically, and is quickly approaching those fiscal year 2016 annual limits.  Therefore, it may be necessary to retrogress those final application dates for the month of September.  Any retrogression in the F2A and F3 preference categories would be temporary, with those dates returning to the latest reached during FY-2016 when the October dates are announced


Also See:
      Next Steps: If priority date is current and

      1. If applicant is inside US, they will have to file I-485: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/04/how-to-file-i-485-application.html

      2. If applicant is outside US, it will be sent to NVC: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/09/nvc-consular-processing-steps.html

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