State Department Reports on Upcoming Employment-Based Visa Availability

March 21, 2017

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.

March CalendarThe 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

Employment Second:

Worldwide: Current

China: Up to five weeks

India: Up to one month

Employment Third:

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.