by Chris Musillo

The Department of State has just issued the December 2016 Visa Bulletin. This is the third Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2017. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin.

December 2016 Visa Bulletin



Final Action Dates

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

Employ-
ment
based

All Charge-
ability
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland
born

INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
1st
C
C
C
C
C
2nd
C
22SEP12
01FEB08
C
C
3rd
01JUL16
01JUL13
15MAR05
01JUL16
01JUN11



MU Law Analysis


All Other: The EB-2 has been current for many years. The EB-3 progression continues. For Consular processing cases a July 2016 date is effectively Current.


China: The China EB-2 date moved up two months. The China EB-3 date progressed three months. The China EB-3 continues to have a more favorable date than EB-2, as a result of many Chinese EB-3 workers "upgrading" their applications to EB-2.

India: EB-2 India had another impressive progression from last month, moving forward three months. EB-3 moved ahead by one week.



Mexico: Mirrors All Other in all aspects.


Philippines: EB-3 moved ahead by another two months. The Philippine EB-3 number essentially cleaned out all 2010 EB-3 visas and half of the 2011 EB-2 visas in just three months. This is what we have expected. (Our note from September 2016: "This is consistent with internal MU Law analysis which sees this category progressing into 2013 by the Summer of 2017.").

We expect more of the same fast progression in FY2017 for Philippine EB-3. We expect that the Philippine EB-3 number will progress at least three years in FY2017.

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