The August 2016 visa bulletin was released by the Department of State yesterday. It features backlogs for ALL countries in the EB-2 category and other changed. However, readers should understand, that while certain countries (India and China) have regular backlogs in the EB-2 category, those for other countries in the EB-2 category and those in the EB-1 category are temporary. I will discuss this more in depth below as we look at the specifics of the Visa Bulletin:
Family Based Applications
F2A (spouses and children of permanent residents): No movement
F4 (siblings of US citizens): No movement
F1 (unmarried sons and daughters of US Citizens): The priority date for most countries moved forward about 2 months to May 22, 2009. The exceptions are Mexico (no change) and the Philippines (moved forward 1 month to March 22, 2005)
F2B (unmarried sons and daughters of permanent residents):Not much movement. Most countries moved forward about 1 month to January 8, 2010. The exceptions are Mexico (no movement) and the Philippines (moved forward 2 months to Sep. 15, 2005)
F3 (married sons and daughters of US Citizens): Almost no movement, except the Philippines moved forward about 2 weeks to March 15, 1994
Work Based Applications
EB1: As discussed in previous blog posts, there was always a change of a backlog, and it has occurred. India and China are backlogged to January 1, 2010. This will be a TEMPORARY backlog, however. These dates will become current again on October 1, 2016. The beginning of the new fiscal year. Every other country remains current.
EB2: Worldwide is backlogged to February 1, 2014. Again, this is temporary and will become current again on October 1, 2016 the beginning of the new fiscal year. China remained unchanged at January 1, 2010 and India moved forward very slightly to November 15, 2004
EB3: Worldwide numbers moved forward about 2 weeks to March 15, 2016. China, again, remained unchanged at Jan. 1, 2010 and India, again, moved forward slightly to November 8. 2004. The Philippines also moved forward in this category about two months to May 15, 2009.
Please remember, as always, this blog does not offer legal advice. If you need legal advice, consult with a lawyer instead of a blog. Thank you.