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

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

Work-SponsoredJul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016Jan 2017Feb 2017March 2017 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2Current2014-02-01 *2014-02-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB32016-03-012016-03-152016-05-012016-06-012016-07-012016-07-012016-08-012016-10-012016-10-31
Other Workers2016-03-012016-03-152016-05-012016-06-012016-07-012016-07-012016-08-012016-10-012016-10-31
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent

Mainland China

Work-SponsoredJul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016Jan 2017Feb 2017March 2017 Prediction
EB1Current2010-01-01 *2010-01-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB22010-01-012010-01-012010-01-012012-02-152012-07-152012-09-222012-10-152012-11-152013-02-06
EB32010-01-012010-01-012010-01-012013-01-222013-04-152013-07-012013-09-082013-10-012013-12-16
Other Workers2004-01-012004-01-012004-01-012005-01-012005-09-012005-11-012005-12-012005-12-012006-03-22
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)2014-02-152014-02-152014-02-152014-02-222014-03-082014-03-222014-04-082014-04-152014-04-26
EB5 (Regional)2014-02-152014-02-152014-02-15Unavailable2014-03-082014-03-222014-04-082014-04-15TBD

India

Work-SponsoredJul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016Jan 2017Feb 2017March 2017 Prediction
EB1Current2010-01-01 *2010-01-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB22004-11-012004-11-152005-02-222007-01-152007-11-012008-02-012008-04-152008-04-152008-09-13
EB32004-10-222004-11-082005-02-152005-03-012005-03-082005-03-152005-03-152005-03-222005-03-29
Other Workers2004-10-222004-11-082005-02-152005-03-012005-03-082005-03-152005-03-152005-03-222005-03-29
EB4Current2010-01-01 *2010-01-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrent2010-01-01 *2010-01-01UnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent

Mexico

Work-SponsoredJul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016Jan 2017Feb 2017March 2017 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2Current2014-02-01 *2014-02-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB32016-03-012016-03-152016-05-012016-06-012016-07-012016-07-012016-08-012016-10-012016-10-31
Other Workers2016-03-012016-03-152016-05-012016-06-012016-07-012016-07-012016-08-012016-10-012016-10-31
EB42010-01-012010-01-012010-01-01CurrentCurrent2015-07-15 *2015-07-152015-07-152015-07-25
Certain Religious Workers2010-01-012010-01-012010-01-01UnavailableCurrent2015-07-15 *2015-07-152015-07-15TBD
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent

Philippines

Work-SponsoredJul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016Jan 2017Feb 2017March 2017 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2Current2014-02-01 *2014-02-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB32009-02-152009-05-152010-07-012010-12-012011-04-012011-06-012011-07-222011-10-152012-01-11
Other Workers2009-02-152009-05-152010-07-012010-12-012011-04-012011-06-012011-07-222011-10-152012-01-11
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent


* 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.