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July 2017 Immigrant Visa Priority Dates; Predictions of Future Visa Availability

14:04 29 June in News Updates
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July 2017

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.  Among the notable developments in the Visa Bulletin for July 2017 is the cut-off date for EB-2 China finally advancing ahead of the date for EB-3 China (due to a large number of EB-3 downgrades) and a nine month advancement in the cut-off date for EB-3 India.

WHAT IS A PRIORITY DATE?

PRIORITY DATES/ IMMIGRANT VISA AVAILABILITY AS OF JULY 1, 2017: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-for-july-2017.html

PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY:    Courtesy of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14071401 (posted June 13, 2017).  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-2 and EB-3 China

  • In July, the cut-off date for EB-3 China retrogresses three years to January 1, 2012 while the EB-2 China cut-off date advances to March 22, 2013, ending (for now) the need for any more EB-2 to EB-3 “downgrade” requests.  According to Mr. Oppenheim, the January 1, 2012 cut-off date for EB-3 China will remain through the end of the fiscal year, but will then advance to October 1, 2014 at the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2017. He expects EB-2 China to continue advancing slowly through the rest of the year. 

EB-2 and EB-3 India

  • EB-3 India advances nine months, from May 15, 2005 to February 15, 2006.  Mr. Oppenheim indicated that he expects continued advancement of the EB-3 India cut-off date aided by low demand for EB-3 worldwide.  EB-2 India moves forward three weeks to July 22, 2008.  Mr. Oppenheim indicated that progress in this category will be slow for the remainder of the year, likely only seeing another 2 months of total advancement during that time.

EB-1 China and India

  • In June 2017 a cut-off date was imposed in the previously current EB-1 China and EB-1 India categories.  The January 1, 2012 cut-off date remains for July and no movement is expected until the new fiscal year.

EB-2 Worldwide

  • EB-2 Worldwide continues to be current.  Mr. Oppenheim indicated however that a cut-off date will be imposed in this category in August and it will remain backlogged until the new fiscal year begins on October 1, 2017, when it will once again be current.

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

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