• 27 October 2016
November 2016 Visa Bulletin Released

The November 2016 Visa Bulletin released by The Department of State contains some movement of final action dates in certain employment-based categories. For those in the EB-5 category, the priority date remains current for all applicants other than those born in mainland China, which moved its cutoff date by two weeks from Feb. 22, 2014, to March 8, 2014. EB-5 Pilot (I5 and R5) is current for all countries except mainland China, which is subject to a Feb. 22, 2014 final action date.

Due to the fact that additional Diversity Visa (DV) 2017 entrants were recently added to “selected” status in September, the Department reminded DV-17 Lottery Winners to check their status using their confirmation number on the Entrant Status Check (ESC) website.

If “selected”, entrants should schedule complete the online DS-260 application immediately. This will be able to secure an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

For those seeking to adjust status, The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website indicates that the Department’s Application Final Action Dates chart must be used for filing Form I-485.