November 2017 Visa Bulletin: Minimal Movement

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the November 2017 Visa Bulletin, which provides little-to-no forward movement in the heavily oversubscribed employment-based categories. There was no change at all in the dates for filing (DF) chart from last month, so only the final action (FA) chart will be discussed.

Overview of Movement in Employment-Based Categories

The employment-based, first preference (EB1) category continues to be current for all countries. EB1 is expected to remain current, at least for the next several months.

In the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category, the cutoff dates for both China and India advance by about three weeks. This brings the EB2 China cutoff date to June 15, 2013, while EB2 India moves up to October 8, 2008.

In the employment-based, third preference (EB3) category, the cutoff date for China advances by one month, to February 1, 2014. EB3 India’s cutoff date, however, remains unchanged, at October 15, 2006.


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