November Visa Bulletin

November Visa Bulletin

October 20, 2017

The Department of State (DOS) has published the Visa Bulletin for November 2017. Once again, USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants should use the Final Action Dates chart (shown below) to determine when they may file adjustment of status applications.

As expected, the Final Action Dates show forward movement for most employment-based categories. In the employment-based, third preference (EB-3) category, the Philippines moved ahead by a month-and-a-half (from December 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016), so that anyone in that category with a January 15, 2016 priority date or earlier is now eligible to submit an adjustment of status (Form I-485) application with USCIS. Please note that, for employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USICS accepted an individual’s I-140 petition for processing.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications:

Employment 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

15JUN13

C

08OCT08

C

C

3rd

C

01FEB14

C

15OCT06 

15JAN16

Other Workers

C

01APR06

15OCT06

15JAN16

4th

C

C

01NOV15 

C

01APR16 

C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

01NOV15

C

01APR16

C

5th
Non-Regional
Center (C5 and T5)

C

01JUL14

C

C

C

C

5th
Regional
Center (I5 and R5)

C

01JUL14

C

C

C

C

 

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