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Department of State Issues March 2016 Visa Bulletin – China EB-3 Now Even with EB-5, Expectations Set For Coming Months

The July 2015 Visa Bulletin Brings Little ChangeThe March 2016 Visa Bulletin is now available online.  The significant news arises in the EB-3 category with respect to dates for filing visa applications: EB-3 Worldwide is now current. EB-3 China has advanced from Oct. 1, 2013, to May 1, 2015, making the native Chinese EB-3 and EB-5 filing dates identical. Compared to February, March 2016 brings modest-to-moderate movement forward in the “final action dates” for the employment-based cases.

Below are the two charts for March 2016:

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

Department of State Issues March 2016 Visa Bulletin – China EB-3 Now Even with EB-5, Expectations Set For Coming Months

DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS

Department of State Issues March 2016 Visa Bulletin – China EB-3 Now Even with EB-5, Expectations Set For Coming Months

The Visa Bulletin also put forth the following projection of EB visa availability in the coming months, setting the expectations for stakeholders:

  • EB-1 : Projected to stay current

  • EB-2:

    • Worldwide: Projected to stay current

    • China: Movement up to five months

    • India: Movement up to three months

  •  EB-3:

    • Worldwide: Recent forward moment will generate demand – once materialized it will be necessary to establish a cut-off date

    • China: Movement up to five months

    • India:  Movement up to one month

    • Mexico: Will remain at worldwide date

    • Philippines: Movement up to four months

  • EB-4: Current “for most countries”

  • EB-5:

    • All countries (except China): Will remain current.

    • China: “Slow forward movement”

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