November 2016 Visa Bulletin Shows Steady Movement in Final Action Dates; No Change in Dates for Filing
The State Department has released the November 2016 Visa Bulletin listing the priority dates eligible for “Application Final Action,” i.e. when an I-485 adjustment of status (AOS) application may be approved or an immigrant visa (IV) issued, and the priority dates eligible for “Filing Applications,” i.e. when an AOS or IV application may be filed.
November 2016 will see across the board advances in the “Application Final Action Dates” in both the family-based categories and the employment-based categories. Each of the family-based categories will advance at least a few weeks. Likewise, each of the employment-based categories will advance, with the largest movement in the EB-2 categories for nationals of India, which will advance nearly 11 months to November 1, 2007.
The “Dates for Filing” for all family- and employment-based categories and all countries will remain the same as the October 2016 visa bulletin. USCIS has not yet determined which chart may be used for adjustment of status filings in November 2016. The agency will post that information on its website.
The November Visa Bulletin also establishes cut-off dates for two categories that had expired on September 30, 2016: the non-minister special immigrant program and the Employment Fifth Preference Categories (I5 and R5). Congress passed and President Obama signed a continuing budget resolution that extends those categories through December 9, 2016, at which time visas in those categories will again become unavailable unless Congress acts to extend them further.
You can view the visa bulletin in its entirety below. Please contact us with any questions.
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