September 2017 Visa Bulletin Released


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

None of the EB-1 final action dates are projected to change from the August Visa Bulletin. Therefore, mainland China and India will remain retrogressed with a January 1, 2012 final action date, while all other geographic areas are projected to remain current. For EB-2, there is projected advancement for all geographic areas. Lastly, for EB-3, there is projected advancement for India and the Philippines. EB-3 China, however, is not projected to advance, and the category will remain current for all other geographic areas.

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

EB-1: India and mainland China will have a final action date of January 1, 2012. All other geographic areas will remain current.

EB-2: All geographic areas will remain retrogressed, with projected advancement to the following final action dates:

India: August 22, 2008
China: May 15, 2013
Mexico: January 1, 2016
Philippines: January 1, 2016
El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras: January 1, 2016
Rest of the World: January 1, 2016

EB-3: Only India, mainland China, and the Philippines will have retrogressed final action dates, which will be:

India: October 15, 2006
China: January 1, 2012
Philippines: November 1, 2015

The EB-3 category will remain current for all other geographic areas.