US Dept of State Work-Sponsored Visa Bulletin Predictions for January 2017

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

Work-SponsoredMay 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016January 2017 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrent2014-02-01 *2014-02-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB32016-02-152016-02-152016-03-012016-03-152016-05-012016-06-012016-07-012016-07-012016-07-25
Other Workers2016-02-152016-02-152016-03-012016-03-152016-05-012016-06-012016-07-012016-07-012016-07-25
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrent

Mainland China

Work-SponsoredMay 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016January 2017 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB22012-09-012010-01-01 *2010-01-012010-01-012010-01-012012-02-152012-07-152012-09-222012-12-04
EB32013-08-152010-01-01 *2010-01-012010-01-012010-01-012013-01-222013-04-152013-07-012013-08-23
Other Workers2007-04-222007-04-222004-01-01 *2004-01-012004-01-012005-01-012005-09-012005-11-012006-02-10
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)2014-02-082014-02-152014-02-152014-02-152014-02-152014-02-222014-03-082014-03-222014-03-28
EB5 (Regional)2014-02-082014-02-152014-02-152014-02-152014-02-15Unavailable2014-03-082014-03-22TBD

India

Work-SponsoredMay 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016January 2017 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB22008-11-222004-10-01 *2004-11-012004-11-152005-02-222007-01-152007-11-012008-02-012008-07-10
EB32004-09-012004-09-222004-10-222004-11-082005-02-152005-03-012005-03-082005-03-152005-03-27
Other Workers2004-09-012004-09-222004-10-222004-11-082005-02-152005-03-012005-03-082005-03-152005-03-27
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-01UnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrent

Mexico

Work-SponsoredMay 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016January 2017 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrent2014-02-01 *2014-02-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB32016-02-152016-02-152016-03-012016-03-152016-05-012016-06-012016-07-012016-07-012016-07-25
Other Workers2016-02-152016-02-152016-03-012016-03-152016-05-012016-06-012016-07-012016-07-012016-07-25
EB4CurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-012010-01-01CurrentCurrent2015-07-15 *2015-07-25
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-012010-01-01UnavailableCurrent2015-07-15 *TBD
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrent

Philippines

Work-SponsoredMay 2016Jun 2016Jul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016January 2017 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrent2014-02-01 *2014-02-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB32008-08-082008-11-012009-02-152009-05-152010-07-012010-12-012011-04-012011-06-012011-09-29
Other Workers2008-08-082008-11-012009-02-152009-05-152010-07-012010-12-012011-04-012011-06-012011-09-29
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrent

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* 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.