The Department of State has released the January 2017 Visa Bulletin. For the Application Final Action Dates, we are continually seeing little movement across the board. For EB-2 and EB-3 China, EB-3 is now ahead of EB-2 by 11 months (September 8, 2013 versus October 15, 2012). EB-2 India moved forward by 2.5 months up to April 15, 2008, while EB-3 India did not see any movement from the previous month staying at March 15, 2005. Other EB-3 countries moved minimally, including EB-3 Philippines moving up by a month and a half to July 22, 2011. EB-1 remains current across all chargeability areas. USCIS is continuing to accept the Dates for Filing Visa Applications, but please note there is no change from last month. The Dates for Filing Visa Application chart still allows for March 1, 2013 and May 1, 2014 priority date filings for EB-2 and EB-3 China respectively. EB-2 India priority date holders with an April 22, 2009 or earlier date could file as could EB-3 priority date holders with a July 1, 2005. EB-3 Philippines remains unmoved at September 1, 2013.
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