US Dept of State Work-Sponsored Visa Bulletin Predictions for March 2016

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

Work-SponsoredJul 2015Aug 2015Sep 2015Oct 2015Nov 2015Dec 2015Jan 2016Feb 2016March 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB32015-04-012015-07-152015-08-152015-08-152015-08-152015-09-012015-10-012015-10-012015-10-06
Other Workers2015-04-012015-07-152015-08-152015-08-152015-08-152015-09-012015-10-012015-10-012015-10-06
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)UnavailableUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent

Mainland China

Work-SponsoredJul 2015Aug 2015Sep 2015Oct 2015Nov 2015Dec 2015Jan 2016Feb 2016March 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB22013-10-012013-12-152006-01-01 *2012-01-012012-02-012012-02-012012-02-012012-03-012012-03-21
EB32011-09-012004-06-01 *2004-12-222011-10-152012-01-012012-04-152012-07-012012-10-012012-12-31
Other Workers2006-01-012004-01-01 *2004-01-012006-01-012006-04-012006-08-012006-12-012006-12-222007-04-12
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)UnavailableUnavailable2013-09-222013-10-082013-11-222013-12-152014-01-082014-01-152014-02-05
EB5 (Regional)2013-09-012013-09-012013-09-22Unavailable2013-11-222013-12-15Unavailable2014-01-15TBD

India

Work-SponsoredJul 2015Aug 2015Sep 2015Oct 2015Nov 2015Dec 2015Jan 2016Feb 2016March 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB22008-10-012008-10-012006-01-01 *2005-05-01 *2006-08-012007-06-012008-02-012008-08-012009-04-01
EB32004-02-012004-06-012004-12-222004-03-08 *2004-04-012004-04-222004-05-152004-06-152004-07-07
Other Workers2004-02-012004-06-012004-12-222004-03-08 *2004-04-012004-04-222004-05-152004-06-152004-07-07
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)UnavailableUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent

Mexico

Work-SponsoredJul 2015Aug 2015Sep 2015Oct 2015Nov 2015Dec 2015Jan 2016Feb 2016March 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB32015-04-012015-07-152015-08-152015-08-152015-08-152015-09-012015-10-012015-10-012015-10-06
Other Workers2015-04-012015-07-152015-08-152015-08-152015-08-152015-09-012015-10-012015-10-012015-10-06
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)UnavailableUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent

Philippines

Work-SponsoredJul 2015Aug 2015Sep 2015Oct 2015Nov 2015Dec 2015Jan 2016Feb 2016March 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB3Unavailable2004-06-012004-12-222007-01-012007-06-152007-08-012007-11-012008-01-082008-04-25
Other WorkersUnavailable2004-06-012004-12-222007-01-012007-06-152007-08-012007-11-012008-01-082008-04-25
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)UnavailableUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent

* Note: Dates in red indicate that priority went backwards instead of forwards which is known as “retrogression.” This is caused when the Department of State finds that the number of visas available is running out faster than originally estimated. The date is moved backward to show a more accurate picture of the visa backlog.

WORK-SPONSORED PREFERENCE DEFINITIONS


First: (EB1) Priority Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

Second (EB2): Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.

Third: (EB3) Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to '*Other Workers'.

Fourth: (EB4) Certain Special Immigrants: 7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth: (EB5) Employment Creation: 7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of Pub. L. 102-395.