Green Card Priority Date Movement for January 2016


The Visa Bulletin will now have two different charts because of the revised procedures. DOS will post two charts per visa preference category in the DOS Visa Bulletin. The charts are:

  • Application Final Action Dates (dates when visas may finally be issued); and
  • Dates for Filing Applications (earliest dates when applicants may be able to apply).

When USCIS determines there are immigrant visas available for the filing of additional adjustment of status applications, the B. Adjustment Application Filing Dates chart may be used to determine when to file an adjustment of status application with USCIS.  Otherwise, the A. Visa Processing Dates chart must be used to determine when to file an adjustment of status application with USCIS. USCIS will determine which chart is effective for the following month approximately one week after DOS publishes the Visa Bulletin.

A. Visa Processing Dates (Final Action Dates for EB Categories)

Final Action

Movement Since December 2015

  • EB2 China — Feb 1, 2012 (No Change)

  • EB2 India — Jun 1, 2007 to Feb 1, 2008 (245 days)

  • EB3 All — Sep 1, 2015 to Oct 1, 2015  (30 days)

  • EB3 China — Apr 15, 2012 to Jul 1, 2012 (77 days)

  • EB3 India — Apr 22, 2004 to May 15, 2004 (23 days)

  • EB3 Mexico — Sep 1, 2015 to Oct 1, 2015 (30 days)

  • EB3 Philippines — Aug 1, 2007 to Nov 1, 2007 (71 days)

  • EB5 China Non-RC — Dec 15, 2013 to Jan 8, 2014 (24 days)

B. Adjustment Application Filing Dates (Filing of EB Applications)

Filing Date

Movement Since December 2015

  • EB2 China — Jan 1, 2013 (No Change)

  • EB2 India — Jul 1, 2009 (No Change)

  • EB3 All — Sep 1, 2015 to Jan 1, 2016 (122 days)

  • EB3 China — Oct 1, 2013 (No Change)

  • EB3 India — Jul 1, 2005 (No Change)

  • EB3 Mexico — Sep 1, 2015 to Jan 1, 2016 (122 days)

  • EB3 Philippines — Jan 1, 2010 (No Change)

  • EB5 China Non-RC — May 1, 2015 (No Change)

  • EB5 China RC — May 1, 2015 (No Change)

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