by Chris Musillo

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

NOTE: Please be sure to read our Post, "What does the August Visa Bulletin Mean?"

September 2017 Visa Bulletin

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

EB-1 C 01JAN12 01JAN12 C C
EB-2 01JAN16 15MAY13 22AUG08 01JAN16 01JAN16
EB-3 C 01JAN12 15OCT06 C

MU Law Analysis

All Other: The EB-2 has been current for many years. The slight retrogression is temporary and will revert back to Current in October 2017. The EB-3 progression has long been effectively current, and is, in fact, current in this Bulletin.

China (mainland-born): The DOS instituted a retrogression for China EB-1 with the June Visa Bulletin, which remains. The continued high level of demand for EB-1 numbers for USCIS adjustment of status applicants has required the establishment of a date for June. It is expected that this EB-1 retrogression will last until October 2017.

The China EB-2 date again moved up, by about one month. The DOS recently noted that there has been an extremely large increase in EB-3s during the past month. The China EB-3 date remains at January 2012, which is where it was in July. It is now slower than China EB-2.

India: As with China, India EB-1 now is retrogressed. It is expected that this EB-1 retrogression will last until October 2017.

EB-2 India moved ahead by a month. EB-3 India jumped into late 2006, which was a pleasant surprise. The DOS is clearly trying to ensure that all visa numbers are used in FY2016.

Mexico: Mirrors All Other in all aspects.

Philippines: EB-3 moved ahead to November 2015! This is yet another incredible progression. The Philippine EB-3 number essentially cleaned out all of the 2010 through 2015 EB-3 visas in less than one year. This is even more positive than we expected.

Our internal metrics see the Philippine EB-3 number continuing to progress at a rapid clip for the rest of 2017.

The retrogression of the EB-2 (Phils) number is nothing to be concerned about. It will return to Current in October 2017. Note that all EB-2s retrogressed, which reflects heavier demand than usual in the entirety of the EB-2 category.

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