October 2017 Visa Bulletin Released


The Department of State has released its preliminary October 2017 Visa Bulletin. Though unlikely, this information is subject to change from now until October 1, 2017. We will provide updates regarding any significant changes to the employment-based final action dates.

There are significant developments with the October 2017 Visa Bulletin. The EB-1 category for India and mainland China are projected to become current. The EB-2 category is also projected to advance for all chargeability areas, with only India and mainland China remaining retrogressed. Lastly, the EB-3 category is projected to advance two years for mainland China, though the EB-3 India final action date is expected to remain unchanged and EB-3 Philippines is only projected to advance by a month.

Below is a breakdown of the projected final action dates for the EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 categories:

EB-1: All countries are projected to be current.

EB-2: India's final action date will advance a few weeks to September 15, 2008, and mainland China's final action date will advance a week to May 22, 2013. All other countries will have current final action dates.

EB-3: Mainland China will advance two years to January 1, 2014. The Philippines will advance a month to December 1, 2015, while EB-3 India will remain retrogressed at October 15, 2016.