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

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

Work-SponsoredJan 2016Feb 2016Mar 2016Apr 2016May 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016September 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-02-01 *2014-03-03
EB32015-10-012015-10-012016-01-012016-02-152016-02-152016-02-152016-03-012016-03-152016-03-24
Other Workers2015-10-012015-10-012016-01-012016-02-152016-02-152016-02-152016-03-012016-03-152016-03-24
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)UnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent

Mainland China

Work-SponsoredJan 2016Feb 2016Mar 2016Apr 2016May 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016September 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-31
EB22012-02-012012-03-012012-08-012012-09-012012-09-012010-01-01 *2010-01-012010-01-012010-01-01
EB32012-07-012012-10-012013-06-012013-08-152013-08-152010-01-01 *2010-01-012010-01-012010-01-01
Other Workers2006-12-012006-12-222007-02-012007-03-012007-04-222007-04-222004-01-01 *2004-01-012004-01-10
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)2014-01-082014-01-152014-01-222014-02-012014-02-082014-02-152014-02-152014-02-152014-02-19
EB5 (Regional)Unavailable2014-01-152014-01-222014-02-012014-02-082014-02-152014-02-152014-02-152014-02-19

India

Work-SponsoredJan 2016Feb 2016Mar 2016Apr 2016May 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016September 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-31
EB22008-02-012008-08-012008-10-152008-11-082008-11-222004-10-01 *2004-11-012004-11-152004-12-02
EB32004-05-152004-06-152004-07-152004-08-082004-09-012004-09-222004-10-222004-11-082004-12-01
Other Workers2004-05-152004-06-152004-07-152004-08-082004-09-012004-09-222004-10-222004-11-082004-12-01
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-31
Certain Religious WorkersUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-31
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)UnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent

Mexico

Work-SponsoredJan 2016Feb 2016Mar 2016Apr 2016May 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016September 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-02-01 *2014-03-03
EB32015-10-012015-10-012016-01-012016-02-152016-02-152016-02-152016-03-012016-03-152016-03-24
Other Workers2015-10-012015-10-012016-01-012016-02-152016-02-152016-02-152016-03-012016-03-152016-03-24
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-012010-01-21
Certain Religious WorkersUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-012010-01-21
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)UnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent

Philippines

Work-SponsoredJan 2016Feb 2016Mar 2016Apr 2016May 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016September 2016 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2014-02-01 *2014-03-03
EB32007-11-012008-01-082008-03-152008-05-012008-08-082008-11-012009-02-152009-05-152009-08-13
Other Workers2007-11-012008-01-082008-03-152008-05-012008-08-082008-11-012009-02-152009-05-152009-08-13
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)UnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent

* 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.