The Department of State (DOS) has issued its February 2017 Visa Bulletin. For the categories that are not current, there continues to be slow advancement for EB-2 and EB-3 categories. Notably, EB-2 India has had no advancement since the January 2017 Visa Bulletin.
EB-1-Worldwide: Priority dates are current
EB-2-Worldwide: Priority dates are current, except:
China: Priority date of November 15, 2012 (Advancement of one month)
India: Priority date of April 15, 2008 (No Advancement)
EB-3-Worldwide: Priority date of October 1, 2016 (Advancement of 2 months)
China: Priority date of October 1, 2013 (Advancement of 23 days)
India: Priority date of March 22, 2005 (Advancement of 7 days)
Philippines: Priority date of October 15, 2011 (Advancement of 2 months and 23 days)
USCIS ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS DATES
If USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for a fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, the USCIS will state on www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo that you may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart in the Department of State February 2017 Visa Bulletin. Otherwise, USCIS will indicate on their web site that you must use the Application Final Action Dates chart to determine when you may file your adjustment of status application in the United States. Currently, as of this publication, the USCIS has not determined which chart to use for February 2017. The dates listed above are the Application Final Action Dates.
Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim
There is no February 2017 analysis or predictions from Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS). Charlie Oppenheim is responsible for analyzing and predicting immigrant preference categories. SW Law Group will post any updated analysis and predictions from Charlie Oppenheim if such information is released this month.
Please contact SW Law Group if you have any further questions regarding these developments.