CareerKnacks Summary: March Visa Bulletin

 

Visa

The March 2017 Visa Bulletin shows some movement forward for the employment-based categories. Once again, USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants must use the “Final Action Dates” chart (shown below) to determine when they may file their adjustment of status applications. This month, the Final Action Dates mostly moved forward by several months. The 3rd preference Philippines category (which includes Schedule A Nurses) moved forward by five months (from October 15, 2011 to March 15, 2012), so that anyone in that category with a March 15, 2012 priority date or earlier is now eligible to submit an adjustment of status application with USCIS. Please note that, for employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USICS received an individual’s I-140 Petition.

“Final Action Dates” Chart for Employment-Based Applicants

Employ-
ment
based

All Charge-
ability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C C
2nd C 15DEC12 C 01JUN08 C C
3rd 01DEC16 15MAR14 01DEC16 22MAR05 01DEC16 15MAR12
Other Workers 01DEC16 01FEB06 01DEC16 22MAR05 01DEC16 15MAR12
4th C C 15JUL15 C 15JUL15 C
Certain Religious Workers C C 15JUL15 C 15JUL15 C
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C 01MAY14 C C C C
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C 01MAY14 C C C

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