BREAKING NEWS: USCIS will allow the use of the Date for Filing in the October, 2016 Visa Bulletin

USCIS, for the first time in almost a year, has agreed that the Date for Filing, as opposed to the Final Action Date, can be used for the October Visa Bulletin.  What does this mean?

For Employment Based Cases:

EB-1:  Will be Current for All.

EB-2: While the Worldwide numbers remain current, India will be at April 22, 2009 instead of January 2007 and China will be at March 1, 2013 instead of February 2012

EB-3:  Worldwide will be current as opposed to June 1, 2016.  India will be at July 1, 20015 instead of March 1, 2005 (not quite as big a jump as other categories).  And China will be at May 1, 2014 instead of January 22, 2013.

As can be seen most dates have jumped ahead about 1 year which is good news for those who have waited a long time to file their adjustment applications or for their applications to be approved.

If you have any questions leave a comment below or send me an email.  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.


Author: Adam Frank, Esquire

I am an immigration attorney with over 20 years of experience. I was graduated from Brandeis University undergrad in 1990 and then spent a year traveling around Central America. In 1991 I began attending the University of Baltimore School of Law and was graduated in 1994. I began working in Immigration Law in 1998 when I joined a small law firm and, in 2000 opened my own firm with my law partner Ed Leavy. Sadly, Ed passed away in 2011. I am still a partner in my own firm with my current partner Brendan Delaney. Our firm is Frank & Delaney Immigration Law, LLC.

4 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: USCIS will allow the use of the Date for Filing in the October, 2016 Visa Bulletin”

    1. It will most likely be at least a couple of years at least. However, the DOS has stated that the Dates for Filing Table reflects where they think that the dates will be within 1 year. I should warn you though that I have not seen that this has played out that way in reality.

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