Insignificant Movement in February 2017 Visa Bulletin

There is virtually no movement of significance in the employment-based categories of the February 2017 Visa Bulletin, which was released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) earlier today. The few advances that do occur are all in the final action (FA) chart; the dates for filing (DF) chart remains completely stagnant.

Visa Bulletin Summary

Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB2)

In the EB2 category, China advances by one month, to November 15, 2012. The cutoff date for EB2 India holds steady at April 15, 2008.

Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3)

The cutoff date for EB3 India continues to snail forward by only a week-per-month, now set at March 22, 2005. EB3 China’s cutoff date moves up by three weeks, to October 1, 2013. The EB3 cutoff date for the Philippines advances by nearly three months, to October 15, 2011.

Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Other Workers

As usual, the cutoff dates for EB3 other workers continue to match the general EB3 cutoff dates for all countries other than China. EB3 other workers for China remains still, at December 1, 2005.

Employment-Based Fourth Preference (EB4)

In the EB4 category, the cutoff date for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico remains unchanged, at July 15, 2015. This category is current for all other countries of chargeability.

Employment-Based Fifth Preference (EB5)

EB5 for China advances by one week, to April 15, 2014. This category remains current for all other countries.


The February 2017 Visa Bulletin provides virtually no relief to the oversubscribed categories. MurthyDotCom will post updated predictions and insights from the DOS once the information is released. Subscribe to the MurthyBulletin to receive weekly updates on immigration law matters, including news regarding the visa bulletin.


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