January Visa Bulletin Update: New Year Begins With Minor Priority Date Movement
The U.S. Department of State released its January 2017 Visa Bulletin.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is mandating employment-based applicants to use the Final Action Dates chart to determine when to file Form I-485, the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
Here’s a breakdown of the January Visa Bulletin for employment-based charts.
View the family-based Visa Bulletin charts here.
- EB-2: China was pushed back five months. India was pushed back one year.
- EB-3: All chargeable areas moved up five months.
- EB-5: China moved up two months.
- EB-2: China moved up one month. India moved up two months.
- EB-3: All areas advanced a couple weeks to two months, except India.
- EB-5: China advanced two weeks.
Employment-based green card categories:
- EB-1: Priority workers with extraordinary abilities, outstanding professors or researchers, and executives or managers who’ve transferred to the United States
- EB-2: Individuals with advanced degrees, exceptional abilities, or those holding national interest waivers
- EB-3: Skilled workers, professionals and others who don’t qualify for EB-1 or EB-2
- EB-4: Religious workers, broadcasters, Iraq/Afghan translators, Iraqis who have assisted the United States, physicians, Armed Forces members, Panama Canal Zone employees, Retired NATO-6 employees, spouses and children of deceased NATO-6 employees
- EB-5: Investors who are investing in a new commercial enterprise
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