March 23, 2017
Family-Based Applicants: Filing Dates chart
Employment-Based Applicants: Final Action chart
The relevant charts can be seen below.
Family-based applicants should consult the Filing Dates chart for April (see below); however, the chart shows no movement in either direction relative to the March version.
Employment-based applicants should consult the Final Action chart for April (see below), which saw some significant forward movement relative to the March chart. Specifically, EB-3 categories all moved forward at least 2.5 months, with the exception of EB-3 India, which only saw its cutoff date advance by 2 days.
The DOS provided helpful informatin about the anticipated future movement of priority date cutoffs. Among the highlights:
The full text of the DOS’s guidance is below:
VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS
FAMILY-sponsored categories (potential monthly movement)
F1: Up to several months
F2A: Up to one month
F2B: Up to five weeks
F3: Three or four weeks
F4: Two or three weeks
EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential monthly movement)
Employment First: The category will remain “Current”.
China and India: A Final Action Date is likely to be imposed by August.
China: Up to five weeks.
India: Up to one month.
Worldwide: Up to three months.
China: Up to six months.
India: Extremely limited forward movement.
Mexico: Will remain at the worldwide date.
Philippines: Up to six months.
Employment Fourth: Current for most countries.
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico:
Some movement may be possible during the summer
Employment Fifth: The category will remain “Current” for most countries.
China-mainland born: Up to two weeks.
The above final action date projections for the Family and Employment categories indicate what is likely to happen on a monthly basis through May or June based on current applicant demand patterns. Readers should never assume that recent trends in final action date movements are guaranteed for the future, or that “corrective” action will not be required at some point in an effort to maintain number use within the applicable annual limits. The determination of the actual monthly final action dates is subject to fluctuations in applicant demand and a number of other variables.