Trend of Sluggish Movement Continues in May 2016 Visa Bulletin

The May 2016 Visa Bulletin was released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) earlier today. Unsurprisingly, there is very little movement in the employment-based categories.

In the final action (FA) chart, the cutoff date in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India moves ahead by two weeks, to November 22, 2008. India’s cutoff date in the employment-based, third preference (EB3) category advances by three weeks, to September 1, 2004. For China, there is no movement in EB2 or EB3. But, the EB3 other workers category for China moves forward by six weeks, to April 22, 2007. In the dates for filing (DF) chart, the only change is that the EB3 other workers category for people born in China advances to April 1, 2008.

Perhaps the most notable change in this latest visa bulletin is that El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have been added to the list of oversubscribed countries in the employment-based FA chart. However, this primarily only impacts those applying under the employment-based, fourth preference (EB4) category, which is reserved for special immigrants, such as religious workers. A cutoff date of January 1, 2010 has been established in the EB4 category for people born in those three countries. EB4 remains current for all other countries of chargeability.

A more detailed review of the May 2016 Visa Bulletin will be posted on MurthyDotCom in the near future.


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