Visa Bulletin Update for December 2015

The Department of State (DOS) released the monthly Visa Bulletin and below is a summary of green card Final Action Dates and Dates For Filing for employment-based immigrant visa categories for the month of December.

PLEASE NOTE: Per a new USCIS policy, a week after the Department of State (DOS) issues its monthly Visa Bulletin indicating immigrant visa availability for the next month, the USCIS will make its own separate determination on green card availability. If green cards are available for a certain category, the USCIS will post its own notice on its website at: www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo to alert immigrants applying in those categories with more availability, that they may use the Dates for Filing chart and not the Final Action Date chart. Thus immigrants may no longer rely on the DOS Visa Bulletin, but must wait one week after its publication and then look to the USCIS to see whether a green card is available to them.

Green Card "Dates for Filing"

Individuals with priority dates prior to the dates listed in the chart below are eligible to file their green card applications during the month of December.

Employment-
Based

All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland
born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

2nd

Current

01JAN13

01JUL09

Current

Current

3rd

01SEP15

01OCT13

01JUL05

01SEP15

01JAN10

Other Workers

01SEP15

01JAN07

01JUL05

01SEP15

01JAN10

4th

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

Certain Religious
Workers

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

5th Non-Regional
Center (C5 and T5)

Current

01MAY15

Current

Current

Current

5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)

Current

01MAY15

Current

Current

Current

 

Green Card Approval "Final Action Dates"

Individuals with priority dates prior to the dates listed in the chart below have a green card available to them during the month of December, therefore, the US government may take final action on their case.

Employment- Based

All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed

CHINA - mainland born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

2nd

Current

01FEB12

01JUN07

Current

Current

3rd

01SEP15

15APR12

22APR04

01SEP15

01AUG07

Other Workers

01SEP15

01AUG06

22APR04

01SEP15

01AUG07

4th

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

Certain Religious Workers

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)

Current

15DEC13

Current

Current

Current

5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)

Current

15DEC13

Current

Current

Current

 

Below is a summary of changes from the Visa Bulletin for last month for Final Action Dates:

·        The EB-2 China category remains stalled at February 1, 2012

·        The EB-2 India category has advanced August 1, 2006 to June 1, 2007

·        The EB-3 World and Mexico categories advance slightly from August 15, 2015 to September 1, 2015

·        The EB-3 China category advances several from January 1, 2012 to April 15, 2012

·        The EB-3 India category advances several weeks from April 1, 2004 to April 22, 2004

·        The EB-3 Philippines category advances from June 15, 2007 to August 1, 2007

·        The EB-5 China advances slightly from November 22, 2013 to December 15, 2013

Month-to-month availability of immigrant visas varies and depends on many factors. These forecasts do not guarantee future availability.