The June, 2017 Visa Bulletin was released and the biggest change is that both India and China are now backlogged in EB-1 category. Below are all the changes and further information about this new backlog. We are also including updates from Charlie Oppenheim from the Department of State on projected future movements for the various immigrant visa categories.
Employment Based Immigrant Visas
EB1: India and China Backlogged to January 1, 2012. All other countries Current. The reason for this backlog are several fold. First, India and China have already used up about one half of ALL immigrant visas for the EB1 category already. Second, there has been high usage in EB-4 and EB-5 categories. Normally, all left over visas from EB-4 and EB-5 will roll over to the EB-1 category (and down to EB-2 if applicable. However, because of the high usage in those categories, there are no visas to roll over. Lastly, there has been significantly high demand in the EB-2 category for India and China, which prompts more people from those countries to file EB-1 applications if they can. At this point, Charlie is very hopeful that India and China will go Current in this category again come October 1, 2017, the beginning of the new fiscal year.
EB2: China moved forward about a month to March 1, 2013 and India moved forward a little more than 1 week to July 1, 2008. All other countries are Current. Right now India and China are both limited to their per country allocation in this category (approximately 2, 810 immigrant visas). Both are expected to use up their allocations by the end of the fiscal year. Additionally, worldwide EB2 will backlog by July or August (at the latest) but note, it will go current again come October 1, 2017.
EB3: China held steady at October 1, 2014, India moved forward about 2 months to May 15, 2005 and the Philippines moved forward about four months to May 1, 2013. All other countries moved forward 1 month to April 15, 2017. For China, Charlie is keeping it steady on October 1, 2014 for as long as possible. China may backlog at some point, but Charlie is not certain. Worldwide demand in this area is fairly steady so it should keep up as it has all year. India is expected to move forward steadily in this category as long as Worldwide demand, and especially Mexico demand remains as low as it has been.
Family Immigrant Visas
Not much to say here, most categories moved forward about 1 week to 1 month, no more than that. The only indications that Charlie gave were that F4 (Brothers and Sisters of Citizens) may move forward more significantly this fiscal year. If you are waiting for that category keep an eye on it in the coming months.
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.