VISA BULLETIN FOR APRIL 2017

The Department of State (DOS) released the most recent Visa Bulletin. Below is the most recent summary of green card Final Action Dates and Dates For Filing dates for employment-based immigrant visa categories.  

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 current month. 

Employment-
based

All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland
born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

2nd

CURRENT

01MAR13

22APR09

CURRENT

CURRENT

3rd

CURRENT

01MAY14

01JUL05

CURRENT

01SEP13

Other Workers

CURRENT

01AUG09

01JUL05

CURRENT

01SEP13

4th

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

Certain Religious Workers

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)

CURRENT

15JUN14

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)

CURRENT

15JUN14

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 current month, therefore, the U.S. 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

15JAN13

CURRENT

22JUN08

CURRENT

CURRENT

3rd

15FEB17

15AUG14

15FEB17

24MAR05

15FEB17

15SEP12

Other Workers

15FEB17

01MAR06

15FEB17

24MAR05

15FEB17

15SEP12

4th

CURRENT

CURRENT

15JUL15

CURRENT

15JUL15

CURRENT

Certain Religious Workers

CURRENT

CURRENT

15JUL15

CURRENT

15JUL15

CURRENT

5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)

CURRENT

22MAY14

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)

CURRENT

22MAY14

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT

CURRENT



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.html