Visa Bulletin for July 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 July.

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 July.

Employment- 
based

All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland 
born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

2nd

CURRENT

01JUN13

01JUL09

CURRENT

CURRENT

3rd

CURRENT

01MAY15

01JUL05

CURRENT

01JAN10

Other Workers

CURRENT

01AUG09

01JUL05

CURRENT

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 July, therefore, the US government may take final action on their case.

Employment
based

All Charge-
ability 
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland 
born

EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

2nd

CURRENT

01JAN10

CURRENT

01NOV04

CURRENT

CURRENT

3rd

01MAR16

01JAN10

01MAR16

22OCT04

01MAR16

15FEB09

Other Workers

01MAR16

01JAN04

01MAR16

22OCT04

01MAR16

15FEB09

4th

CURRENT

CURRENT

01JAN10

CURRENT

01JAN10

CURRENT

Certain Religious Workers

CURRENT

CURRENT

01JAN10

CURRENT

01JAN10

CURRENT

5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)

CURRENT

15FEB14

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)

CURRENT

15FEB14

CURRENT

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 January 1, 2010.
  • The EB-2 India category advances once month from October 1, 2004 to November 1, 2004.
  • The EB-3 World and Mexico categories advance several weeks from February 15, 2016 to March 1, 2016.
  • The EB-3 China category remains stalled at January 1, 2010.
  • The EB-3 India category advances one month from September 22, 2004 to October 22, 2004.
  • The EB-3 Philippines category advances several months from November, 1, 2008 to February 15, 2009.
  • The EB-3 El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras categories advance several weeks from February 15, 2016 to March 1, 2016.
  • The EB-5 China category remains stalled at February 15, 2014.

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