The Department of State (DOS) has issued its June 2017 Visa Bulletin.  Most notably, there has been a significant retrogression for the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India. Prior to the June 2017 Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India were current.

EB-1-Worldwide:    Priority dates are current, except:

China:                      Priority date of January 1, 2012 (Retrogression)

India:                       Priority date of January 1, 2012 (Retrogression)

EB-2-Worldwide:    Priority dates are current, except:

China:                      Priority date of March 1, 2013 (Advancement of 16 days)

India:                       Priority date of July 1, 2008 (Advancement of 9 days )

EB-3-Worldwide:    Priority date of April 15, 2017 (Advancement of 31 days)

China:                      Priority date of October 1, 2014 (No Advancement)

India:                        Priority date of May 15, 2005 (Advancement of 51 days)

Philippines:            Priority date of May 1, 2013 (Advancement of 120 days)


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 that you may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart in the Department of State June 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 June 2017.  The dates listed above are the Application Final Action Dates.

Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim

There is no June 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.