August 2017 Visa Bulletin: EB2 ‘Rest of the World’ Retrogresses, EB3 India Advances

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the August 2017 Visa Bulletin this afternoon. In the final action (FA) chart, the cutoff dates in the employment-based, first preference (EB1) category remain unchanged, leaving India and China stuck at January 1, 2012. In the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category, the only forward movement is for China, which advances by one month, to April 22, 2013. EB2 India remains at July 22, 2008. Meanwhile, the EB2 cutoff dates for all other countries of chargeability retrogress to April 1, 2015; these will return to being current, however, on October 1, 2017, the first day of fiscal year 2018.

In the employment-based, third preference (EB3) category, India’s cutoff date moves up by five months, to July 15, 2006. EB3 Philippines surges ahead by more than a year, to a new cutoff date of June 1, 2015. EB3 China’s cutoff date holds firm, at January 1, 2012. Moreover, the EB3 other workers category for China retrogresses by more than two years, to January 1, 2004.

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