US Dept of State Work-Sponsored Visa Bulletin for October 2016

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

Work-SponsoredMar 2016Apr 2016May 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016November 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-02-01 *2014-02-01CurrentCurrent
EB32016-01-012016-02-152016-02-152016-02-152016-03-012016-03-152016-05-012016-06-012016-06-20
Other Workers2016-01-012016-02-152016-02-152016-02-152016-03-012016-03-152016-05-012016-06-012016-06-20
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableTBD
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableTBD

Mainland China

Work-SponsoredMar 2016Apr 2016May 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016November 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-01CurrentCurrent
EB22012-08-012012-09-012012-09-012010-01-01 *2010-01-012010-01-012010-01-012012-02-152012-02-15
EB32013-06-012013-08-152013-08-152010-01-01 *2010-01-012010-01-012010-01-012013-01-222013-01-22
Other Workers2007-02-012007-03-012007-04-222007-04-222004-01-01 *2004-01-012004-01-012005-01-012005-01-01
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableTBD
EB5 (Non-Regional)2014-01-222014-02-012014-02-082014-02-152014-02-152014-02-152014-02-152014-02-222014-02-24
EB5 (Regional)2014-01-222014-02-012014-02-082014-02-152014-02-152014-02-152014-02-15UnavailableTBD

India

Work-SponsoredMar 2016Apr 2016May 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016November 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-01CurrentCurrent
EB22008-10-152008-11-082008-11-222004-10-01 *2004-11-012004-11-152005-02-222007-01-152007-03-04
EB32004-07-152004-08-082004-09-012004-09-222004-10-222004-11-082005-02-152005-03-012005-03-23
Other Workers2004-07-152004-08-082004-09-012004-09-222004-10-222004-11-082005-02-152005-03-012005-03-23
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-01CurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-01UnavailableTBD
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableTBD

Mexico

Work-SponsoredMar 2016Apr 2016May 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016November 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-02-01 *2014-02-01CurrentCurrent
EB32016-01-012016-02-152016-02-152016-02-152016-03-012016-03-152016-05-012016-06-012016-06-20
Other Workers2016-01-012016-02-152016-02-152016-02-152016-03-012016-03-152016-05-012016-06-012016-06-20
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-012010-01-01CurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-012010-01-01UnavailableTBD
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableTBD

Philippines

Work-SponsoredMar 2016Apr 2016May 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016November 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-02-01 *2014-02-01CurrentCurrent
EB32008-03-152008-05-012008-08-082008-11-012009-02-152009-05-152010-07-012010-12-012011-03-27
Other Workers2008-03-152008-05-012008-08-082008-11-012009-02-152009-05-152010-07-012010-12-012011-03-27
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableTBD
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableTBD

* 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.