October Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin for October 2017 

September 27, 2017

The Department of State (DOS) has published the Visa Bulletin for October 2017, the first visa bulletin for the 2018 fiscal year. USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants should use the Final Action Dates chart (shown blow) 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 one month (from November 1, 2015 to December 1, 2015), so that anyone in that category with a December 1, 2015 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:

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

22MAY13

C

15SEP08

C

C

3rd

C

01JAN14

C

15OCT06 

01DEC15

Other Workers

C

01JAN06

15OCT06

01DEC15

4th

C

C

01NOV15 

C

01MAR16 

C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

01NOV15

C

01MAR16

C

5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)

C

22JUN14

C

C

C

C

5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)

C

22JUN14

C

C

C

C

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “October Visa Bulletin

  • November 8, 2017 at 3:51 pm
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    Greetings! Very helpful advice on this article! It is the little changes that make the biggest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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