VISA BULLETIN FOR JANUARY 2016

The Department of State (DOS) released the Visa Bulletin for the month of January. Below is a summary of employment-based green card categories listing "Final Action Dates" and "Dates For Filing."

"Final Action Dates" = individuals with priority dates before the dates listed in the chart below have a green card available to them during the month of January, therefore, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may take final action and approve their green card application.

"Dates for Filing" = individuals with priority dates before the dates listed in the chart below are eligible to file their green card applications during the month of January. When their priority dates advance to the "Final Action Dates" the USCIS will be able to approve their green card application.

Green Card "Dates for Filing" Availability Dates

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

01JAN16

01OCT13

01JUL05

01JAN16

01JAN10

Other Workers

01JAN16

01JAN07

01JUL05

01JAN16

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"

Employment- Based

All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed

CHINA - mainland born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

2nd

Current

01FEB12

01FEB08

Current

Current

3rd

01OCT15

01JUL12

15MAY04

01OCT15

01NOV07

Other Workers

01OCT15

01DEC06

15MAY04

01OCT15

01NOV07

4th

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

Certain Religious Workers

Unauthorized

Unauthorized

Unauthorized

Unauthorized

Unauthorized

5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)

Current

08JAN14

Current

Current

Current

5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)

Unauthorized

Unauthorized

Unauthorized

Unauthorized

Unauthorized

 

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