EB-1, EB-3 Categories Show Progress in Visa Bulletin for October

October 9, 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.

Visa with a U.S. flagSeveral developments in employment-based categories were announced in the Department of State's Visa Bulletin for the month of October 2017.

For the past several months, there has been a backlog for Chinese-mainland and Indian nationals for EB-1. With the new fiscal year, the EB-1 category is now current for all nationalities, and visa applications may be filed regardless of the applicant's priority date. It is unknown how long this category will remain current.

Also, the September 2017 Visa Bulletin included a cutoff date of January 1, 2012, for China-mainland born EB-3 applicants. It has advanced two years to January 1, 2014. The Department estimates that this cutoff date will move up approximately four months in the coming months.

The October 2017 Visa Bulletin can be found here.