USCIS has announced that there are more immigrant visas available for FY-2017 than known visa applicants, therefore, instead of using the “Final Action Dates” chart in the October 2016 Department of State Visa Bulletin, adjustment of status applicants may use the “Dates for Filing” charts for the October 2016 Visa Bulletin. USCIS anticipates that they will designate one of the two charts each month within one week of the Department of State’s publication of the Visa Bulletins.
Therefore, for those applicants who are in legal status in the United States with a nonimmigrant visa, who have an approved Employment Based petition in the categories listed below, use the “Dates for Filing” column to determine whether you can now submit your I-485, Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Resident, application packet to the USCIS.
Categories Final Action Dates Dates for Filing
EB-1-Worldwide: Current Current
EB-2-Worldwide: Current Current
India: January 15, 2007 April 22, 2009
China: February 15, 2012 March 1, 2013
EB-3-Worldwide: June 1, 2016 Current
India: March 1, 2005 July 1, 2005
China: January 22, 2013 May 1, 2014
Philippines: December 1, 2010 September 1, 2013
If you have any further questions or would like assistance to submit your Adjustment of Status application packet, please contact SW Law Group regarding this development.