May 2017 Visa Bulletin

August 2017 USCIS Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State released its May 2017 Visa Bulletin, showing modest advancement for China EB-2 and EB-3 categories.


View the family-based Visa Bulletin charts here.


Month-to-Month Changes for Employment-Based Visa Applications

  • EB-2: China advances seven months to October 1, 2013; India retrogresses by two and a half months to February 1, 2009.
  • EB-3: China advances 16 months to September 1, 2015; India advances nine months to April 22, 2006; and the Philippines advances 10 months to July 1, 2014.
  • EB-5: China advances three months to September 1, 2014.


Month-to-Month Changes for Employment-Based Preference Cases

  • EB-2: China advances by three weeks to February 8, 2013.
  • EB-3: China advances by one and a half months to October 1, 2014; Philippines advances by three and a half months to January 1, 2013; India advances by one day to March 25, 2005; El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and All Other Chargeability Areas advance by one month to March 15, 2017.
  • EB-4: No change.
  • EB-5: China advances up to one and a half weeks to May 22, 2014.

 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