Overview of April 2017 Visa Bulletin

There are few surprises in the April 2017 Visa Bulletin. There is no movement in the dates for filing (DF) chart, and, while China and the Philippines see some forward movement the final action (FA), there is almost no relief in the employment-based categories for beneficiaries born in India.

Visa Bulletin Summary

Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB2)

In the EB2 category, EB2 India advances by three weeks, to June 22, 2008. The cutoff date for EB2 Chine moves up by one month, to January 15, 2013. This category remains current for all other countries.

Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3)

The cutoff date for EB3 India inches forward by a mere two days, to March 24, 2005. EB3 China advances by five months, to August 15, 2014. The EB3 cutoff date for the Philippines moves ahead by six months, to September 15, 2012.

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 moves up by one month, to March 1, 2006.

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 China advances by three weeks, to May 22, 2014. This category remains current for all other countries.


The April 2017 Visa Bulletin is fairly consistent with last month’s predictions. MurthyDotCom will continue to closely track movement in the monthly visa bulletin, and will post updates as new information becomes available.


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