Visa Bulletin for February 2016   

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 dates for employment-based immigrant visa categories for the month of February.

 

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" Availability Dates

 

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 February.

 

Employment-
Based

All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland
born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

2nd

Current

01/01/13

07/01/09

Current

Current

3rd

01/01/16

10/01/13

07/01/05

01/01/16

01/01/10

Other Workers

01/01/16

01/01/07

07/01/05

01/01/16

01/01/10

4th

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

Certain Religious
Workers

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

5th Non-Regional
Center (C5 and T5)

Current

05/01/15

Current

Current

Current

5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)

Current

05/01/15

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 February, 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

03/01/12

08/01/08

Current

Current

3rd

10/01/15

10/01/12

06/15/04

10/01/15

01/08/08

Other Workers

10/01/15

12/22/06

06/15/04

10/01/15

01/0808

4th

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

Certain Religious Workers

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)

Current

01/1514

Current

Current

Current

5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)

Current

01/15/14

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 has advanced one month from February 1, 2012 to March 1, 2012.

·        The EB-2 India category has advanced six months from February 1, 2008 to August 1, 2008.

·        The EB-3 World and Mexico categories remain stalled at October 1, 2015.

·        The EB-3 China category advances three months from July 1, 2012 to October 1, 2012.

·        The EB-3 India category advances one month from May 15, 2004 to June 15, 2004.

·        The EB-3 Philippines category advances two months from November 1, 2007 to January 8, 2008.

·        The EB-5 China advances a few days from January 8, 2014 to January 15, 2014.

Month-to-month availability of immigrant visas varies and depends on many factors. The entire Visa Bulletin can be viewed at: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2016/visa-bulletin-for-february-2016.html.