Department of State released the visa bulletin for January 2016. Below is a copy of the visa bulletin for the employment-based category and a summary of the changes.
I. Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases
- Note: USCIS designated these dates as applicable for adjustment of status (I-485) within U.S.
Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA – mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 1st C C C C C 2nd C 01FEB12 01FEB08 C C 3rd 01OCT15 01JUL12 15MAY04 01OCT15 01NOV07 Other Workers 01OCT15 01DEC06 15MAY04 01OCT15 01NOV07 4th C C C C C Certain Religious Workers U U U U U 5th
(C5 and T5)
C 08JAN14 C C C 5th
(I5 and R5)
U U U U U
- EB1 category remains current.
- China mainland EB2 remains unchanged at February 1, 2012. India EB2 moved forward 8 months to February 1, 2008. All other EB2 category remains current.
- China mainland EB3 moved forward 2.5 months to July 1, 2012. India EB3 moved forward slightly to May 15, 2004. Philippines EB3 moved forward 3 months to November 1, 2007. All other EB3 category moved forward 1 month to October 1, 2015.
- EB5 Regional Center showed unavailable due to uncertainty in immigrant investor pilot program. The program has been extended until the end of September 2016. As a result, all China mainland EB5 moved forward slightly to January 8, 2014, and all other EB5 category is current.
II. Dates for Filing of Visa Applications
- Note: Timeframe for immigrant visa applicants on when to assemble and submit required documents to the National Visa Center.
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 1st C C C C C 2nd C 01JAN13 01JUL09 C C 3rd 01JAN16 01OCT13 01JUL05 01JAN16 01JAN10 Other Workers 01JAN16 01JAN07 01JUL05 01JAN16 01JAN10 4th C C C C C Certain Religious
C C C C C 5th Non-Regional
Center (C5 and T5)
C 01MAY15 C C C 5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 01MAY15 C C C
- EB1, EB2, and EB5 categories remain same as December.
- EB3 category for China mainland, India, Philippines remains same as December. All other EB3 moved forward 4 months to January 1, 2016.