October 18, 2016
After the multi-year advancements seen in the October Visa Bulletin, the November 2016 Visa Bulletin shows no “Filing Date” movement in either direction for any Employment-based or Family-based categories. USCIS has again indicated that they will accept adjustment applications based on these “Filing Date” charts*, so anyone who was eligible to submit an adjustment application in October remains eligible to do so in November. The “Final Action” dates (which indicate visa number availability) mostly moved forward by a few weeks or months, and can be seen here.
“Filing Date” Chart for Family-Based Applicants
“Filing Date” Chart for Employment-Based Applicants
*All Employment-based categories should consult the above chart, with the exception of 5th preference (all areas), which should consult the “Final Action” chart.
The Department of State did not provide additional forward guidance for priority date advancement, but given that it was only one month ago that they were expecting forward movement across all categories, it is reasonable to suspect that applicant volume for October has exceeded expectations.
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