On September 25, 2015, the Department of State (DOS) issued a revised monthly Visa Bulletin for the month of October 2015 that retrogressed some of the most important categories that would have allowed thousands of immigrants to submit their green card applications next month. The newly issued Visa Bulletin supersedes the previous October Visa Bulletin that was released on September 8, 2015. It is highly unusual for the DOS to issue revised Visa Bulletins. In the revised October Visa Bulletin, the DOS does not provide an explanation as to why the priority dates are modified.
The categories affected are the following "Dates for Filing":
1. EB-2 China from May 1, 2014 to January 1, 2013
2. EB-2 India from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2009
3. EB-3 and Other Workers for Philippines from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2010
The DOS did not make any changes to the "Final Action Dates" for October. Unfortunately, many individuals relied on the initially issued Visa Bulletin and began making preparations for the filing of their and their family's green card applications. This sudden change in policy is unfortunate particularly because the DOS had indicated in statements earlier this month that it would not retrogress the "Dates for Filing" without sufficient advance warning. The Visa Bulletin for the month of November 2015 should be issued by the second week of October, providing immigrants and stakeholders with a better idea of how these dates will move in the coming months.
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 October. The revised dates appear in bold below.
All Countries Except Those Listed
5th TargetedEmployment Areas/Regional Centersand Pilot Programs
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 October, therefore, the US government may take final action and approve their case.
Certain Religious Workers
5thNon-Regional Center(C5 and T5)
Month-to-month availability of immigrant visas varies and depends on many factors. These forecasts do not guarantee future availability.
Additional information about priority date movements will be contained in our firm's future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.
Weekly Immigration Updates are provided under the Legal Update link of the Immigration Group Section of our firm's website at www.masudafunai.com.