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Department of State Issues May 2016 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has released the May 2016 Visa Bulletin with the Application Final Action Date chart for employment-based applications which reflects some modest movement for some applicants.

The second and third preference categories for China-mainland born applicants had no movement. The second and third preference categories for India move ahead a few weeks to Nov. 22, 2008, and Sept. 1, 2004.  There was no movement in the third preference for all chargeability areas except those listed, and no movement for Mexico. The third preference and other workers categories for the Philippines move ahead a few months to Aug. 8, 2008.

There was no movement in the Dates for Filing chart for employment-based categories with the exception of the other workers category for China-mainland born applicants, which moved up several months to April 1, 2008.

The May 2016 Visa Bulletin states that “during the past month, there have been extremely high levels of Employment-based demand in most categories for cases filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for adjustment of status. If this sudden and unanticipated change in the demand pattern continues, it could impact final action dates in the coming months and possibly require corrective action in some.” The DOS also notes an oversubscription of applicants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

As previously reported, last month prospective adjustment of status applicants have been advised to use the Application Final Action Date chart to determine their eligibility to file applications, despite previous guidance that the Dates for Filing chart could be used. Greenberg Traurig will continue to monitor the movement of Visa Bulletins and consequences on eligibility for filing.

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

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DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS

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