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September 2016 Visa Bulletin

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

September 2016 Visa Bulletin has been released (valid from September 1 to September 30 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 15SEP09 15SEP09 15SEP09 22MAR95 01JUL05
F2A 15NOV14 15NOV14 15NOV14 01SEP14 15NOV14
F2B 01FEB10 01FEB10 01FEB10 15SEP95 01DEC05
F3 01DEC04 01DEC04 01DEC04 15NOV94 15JUN94
F4 08OCT03 01JAN03 01JAN01 22APR97 01MAR93
"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 22FEB05  01FEB14 01FEB14
3rd 01MAY16  01JAN10 01MAY16 15FEB05 01MAY16  01JUL10
Other Workers 01MAY16 01JAN04 01MAY16 15FEB05 01MAY16 01JUL10
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.  DETERMINATION OF THE NUMERICAL LIMITS ON
     IMMIGRANTS REQUIRED UNDER THE TERMS OF
     IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT (INA)

The State Department is required to make a determination of the worldwide numerical limitations, as outlined in Section 201(c) and (d) of the INA, on an annual basis.  These calculations are based in part on data provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding the number of immediate relative adjustments in the preceding year and the number of aliens paroled into the United States under Section 212(d)(5) in the second preceding year.  Without this information, it is impossible to make an official determination of the annual limits.  To avoid delays in processing while waiting for the USCIS data, the Visa Office (VO) bases allocations on the minimum annual limits outlined in Section 201 of the INA.  On July 21st, USCIS provided the required data to VO.

The Department of State has determined the Family and Employment preference numerical limits for FY-2016 in accordance with the terms of Section 201 of the INA.  These numerical limitations for FY-2016 are as follows:

    Worldwide Family-Sponsored preference limit:           226,000
    Worldwide Employment-Based preference limit:         140,338

Under INA Section 202(a), the per-country limit is fixed at 7% of the family and employment annual limits.  For FY-2016 the per-country limit is 25,644.  The dependent area annual limit is 2%, or 7,327.


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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