by Chris Musillo


The Department of State has just issued the March 2016 Visa Bulletin. This is the sixth Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2016.


March 2016 Visa Bulletin

Final Action Dates

Applications with these dates may be approved for their Green Card (Permanent Residency card).

Employment- Based
All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed
CHINA - mainland born
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
1st
C
C
C
C
C
2nd
C
01AUG12
15OCT08
C
C
3rd
01JAN16
01JUN13
15JUL04
01OCT15
15MAR08



MU Law Analysis

All:
The EB-2 has been current for many years. The EB-3 remains positive, gaining 10 weeks this month. These dates continue to be very favorable. We expect that All Other dates will continue to be positive for the foreseeable future.

China: EB-2 progressed by five months. EB-3 has progressed almost two years in just the last few months. This is great news for this category. EB-2 continues to lag behind EB-3. The DOS expects the EB-2 and EB-3 to re-balance at some point in the future.

India: EB-2 jumped again. Five months ago it was 01MAY05. This represents a three-plus year movement in just five months. This trend may continue. EB-3 moved four weeks. Our sense is that EB3 will only move by weeks in the forthcoming months.

Mexico: Mirrors All Other in all aspects.

Philippines:
EB-3 moved ahead two more months. MU Law believes that Philippines EB-3 will continue to steadily move forward in the coming months. We expect it to get into 2009 in the by this spring or early summer.


Dates of Filing

Applications with these priority dates should see their Consular Process application progress. The USCIS may allow filing of the I-485 Adjustment of Status, provided that the USCIS issues its monthly authorization.


Employment-
Based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
1st
C
C
C
C
C
2nd
C
01JUN13
01JUL09
C
C
3rd
C
01MAY15
01JUL05
C
01JAN10


MU Law Analysis

The All Other and Chinese dates moved ahead considerably. The other countries' Dates of Filing chart did not materially change since the start of the Fiscal Year in October 2015.

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