by Chris Musillo

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

March 2017 Visa Bulletin

Final Action Dates

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

All Charge-
Areas Except
Those Listed
1st C C C C C
2nd C 15DEC12 01JUN08 C C
3rd 01DEC16 15MAR14 22MAR05 01DEC16 15MAR12

MU Law Analysis

All Other: The EB-2 has been current for many years. The EB-3 progression continues, moving an additional two months. Consular processed EB-3 are effectively current.

China: The China EB-2 date again moved up one month. The China EB-3 date progressed nearly six 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 moved up about 6 weeks, while EB-3 India stayed the same, unfortunately.

Mexico: Mirrors All Other in all aspects.

Philippines: EB-3 moved ahead by nearly six more months. The Philippine EB-3 number essentially cleaned out all 2010 and 2011 EB-3 visas in less than 6 months 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.").


The Visa Bulletin also included projections for the next several months of Visa Bulletins.

EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential monthly movement)

EB-1: The category will remain “Current”.
China and India: A Final Action Date is likely to be imposed by August.
(MU Law note: this is not unusual and happens most years. This should not concern anyone.)

Worldwide: Current
China: Up to five weeks.
India: Up to one month.

Worldwide: Up to three months.
China: Up to six months.
India: Extremely limited forward movement.
Mexico: Will remain at the worldwide date.
Philippines: Up to six months.

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