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Immigrant Visas — August 2016 Priority Dates; Predictions of Future Visa Availability

14:03 15 July in News Updates
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IMMIGRANT VISAS

PRIORITY DATES AND PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY

Each month, the U.S. Department of State publishes its Visa Bulletin, in which it establishes cut-off dates in each immigration category, for each nationality.  The recently released Visa Bulletin for August 2016 imposes cut-off dates for the previously current EB-1 China and India categories, as well as previously current EB-2 categories. 

WHAT IS A PRIORITY DATE?                           

PRIORITY DATES/ IMMIGRANT VISA AVAILABILITY AS OF AUGUST 1, 2016: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2016/visa-bulletin-for-august-2016.html

PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY    Courtesy of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14071401 (posted June 20, 2016).  The information below is based on the discussion between Mr. Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State’s Visa Office (VO) and AILA’s Liaison Committee regarding current visa demand and projections in various categories.   It is important to note that all projections, including those noted in the Visa Bulletin, are subject to change depending on demand that is reported by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) in real time.

EB-1 Retrogressions for China and India

      • A cut-off date of January 1, 2010 is being implemented for EB-1 China and India, in an effort to regulate usage of immigrant visa numbers under the EB-1 Worldwide annual limit.  As a result, all other EB-1 categories will remain current for the remainder of the fiscal year, while both EB-1 China and India are expected to become current once again at the start of the new fiscal year on October 1.

EB-2 All Areas, Mexico, and Philippines

      • Due to consistent levels of high demand, the underlying cause of which Mr. Oppenheim has not clearly identified, a cut-off date of February 1, 2014 has been established across the previously current EB-2 categories for All Chargeability Areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico and The Philippines.

EB-2 & EB-3: China and India

      • Mr. Oppenheim anticipates that the cut-off date for EB-3 India, which will advance slightly to November 8, 2004 in August, will remain one week behind the cut-off date for EB-2 India through the remainder of the current fiscal year.  He indicates that, based on current usage, there is a possibility of moderate advancement in the cut-off dates for these categories in September.  
      • EB-2 and EB-3 China cut-off dates will remain at January 1, 2010 for the third month in a row, and Mr. Oppenheim has stated that these dates will remain in effect until the start of the new fiscal year [October 1, 2016].

Should you have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact your LAC attorney.

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