State Department Reports on Upcoming Employment-Based Visa Availability
This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.
The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for March 2017 estimates potential movement in several categories in the coming months. The Department noted that the final action date projections indicate what is likely to happen “on a monthly basis through May or June based on current applicant demand patterns,” but that these projections are not guaranteed:
Employment First: The category will remain “Current”
China and India: A Final Action Date is likely to be imposed by August
China: Up to five weeks
India: Up to one month
Worldwide: Up to three months
China: Up to six months
India: Extremely limited forward movement
Mexico: Will remain at the worldwide date
Philippines: Up to six months
Employment Fourth: Current for most countries.
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico: Some movement may be possible during the summer months
Employment Fifth: The category will remain “Current” for most countries
China-mainland born: Up to two weeks.
Click here to see The Visa Bulletin for March 2017.