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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants beginning on October 1, 2017.  This change will impact person with adjustment of status applications based on employment. The adjustment of status application is the final step in the green card process for eligible foreign nationals residing in the U.S.

Previously, persons with these types of applications were not required to appear for an in-person interview in order to have their applications adjudicated. According to USCIS, this change is in compliance with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and “is part of the agency’s comprehensive strategy to further improve the detection and prevention of fraud and further enhance the integrity of the immigration system.”

USCIS states they will meet the additional interview requirement through enhancements in training and technology as well as transitions in some aspects of case management.

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The visa bulletin is out at this link: September 2017 Visa Bulletin

For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries except China and India (January 1, 2012); EB-2 is at January 1, 2016 for all countries except India (August 22, 2008) and China (May 15, 2013); EB-3 is current for all countries except India (October 15, 2006), China (January 1, 2012), and the Philippines (November 1, 2015); EB-3 other workers is current for all countries except India (October 15, 2006), China (January 1, 2004), and the Philippines (November 1, 2015); EB-4 and religious workers are current for all countries except India, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (October 22, 2015); EB-5 non-regional and regional centers are current for all countries except China (June 15, 2014). Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at October 1, 2015 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents), and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) is June 1, 1994.

For the Date for Filing, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (February 1, 2009) and China (October 1, 2013); EB-3 is current for all countries except India (January 1, 2007), China (September 1, 2015), and the Philippines (January 1, 2016); EB-3 other workers is current for all countries except India (January 1, 2007), China (June 1, 2008), and the Philippines (January 1, 2016); EB-4 and religious workers are all current; and EB-5 non-regional centers and regional centers are current for all countries except China (September 1, 2014).  Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at April 8, 2016 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) of February 8, 1995.

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June 2017 Department of State Visa Bulletin

The visa bulletin is out at this link: June 2017 Visa Bulletin

For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries except China and India (January 1, 2012); EB-2 remains current for all countries except India (July 1, 2008) and China (March 1, 2013); EB-3 is at April 15, 2017 for all countries except India (May 15, 2005), China (October 1, 2014), and the Philippines (May 1, 2013); EB-3 other workers is at April 15, 2017 for all countries except India (May 15, 2005), China (July 15, 2006), and the Philippines (May 1, 2013); EB-4 and religious workers are current for all countries except Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (July 15, 2015); EB-5 non-regional and regional centers are current for all countries except China (June 8, 2014). Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at August 15, 2015 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents), and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) November 22, 1993.

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The visa bulletin is out at this link: May 2017 Visa Bulletin

For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 remains current for all countries except India (June 22, 2008) and China (February 8, 2013); EB-3 is at March 15, 2017 for all countries except India (March 25, 2005), China (October 1, 2014), and the Philippines (January 1, 2013); EB-3 other workers is at March 15, 2017 for all countries except India (March 25, 2005), China (March 8, 2006), and the Philippines (January 1, 2013); EB-4 is current for all countries except Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (July 15, 2015); religious workers’ numbers are unavailable; EB-5 non-regional centers are current for all countries except China (June 1, 2014); and EB-5 regional centers’ numbers are unavailable. Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at July 15, 2015 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents), and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) October 15, 1993.

For the Date for Filing, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (February 1, 2009) and China (October 1, 2013); EB-3 is current for all countries except India (April 22, 2006), China (September 1, 2015), and the Philippines (July 1, 2014); EB-3 other workers is current for all countries except India (April 22, 2006), China (June 1, 2008), and the Philippines (July 1, 2014); EB-4 and religious workers are all current; and EB-5 non-regional centers and regional centers are current for all countries except China (September 1, 2014; both non-regional centers and regional centers). Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at April 8, 2016 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for F3 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) of February 1, 1995.

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The visa bulletin is out at this link: April 2017 Visa Bulletin.

For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 remains current for all countries except India (June 22, 2008) and China (January 15, 2013); EB-3 is at February 15, 2017 for all countries except India (March 24, 2005), China (August 15, 2014), and the Philippines (September 15, 2012); EB-3 other workers is at February 15, 2017 for all countries except India (March 24, 2005), China (March 1, 2006), and the Philippines (September 15, 2012); EB-4 is current for all countries except Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (July 15, 2015); religious workers are all current except Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (July 15, 2015); EB-5 non-regional and regional centers are current for all countries except China (May 22, 2014).  Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at June 8, 2015 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents), and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) September 8, 1993.

For the Date for Filing, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (April 22, 2009) and China (March 1, 2013); EB-3 is current for all countries except India (July 1, 2005), China (May 1, 2014), and the Philippines (September 1, 2013); EB-3 other workers is current for all countries except India (July 1, 2005), China (August 1, 2009), and the Philippines (September 1, 2013); EB-4 and religious workers are all current; and EB-5 non-regional centers and regional centers  are current for all countries except China (June 15, 2014).  Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at November 22, 2015 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) of April 1, 1994.

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The visa bulletin is out at this link: November 2016 Visa Bulletin.

For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 remains current for all countries except India (November 1, 2007) and China (July 15, 2012); EB-3 is at July 1, 2016 for all countries except India (March 8, 2005), China (April 15, 2013), and the Philippines (April 1, 2011); EB-3 other workers is at July 1, 2016 for all countries except India (March 8, 2005), China (September 1, 2005), and the Philippines (April 1, 2011); EB-4 is current for all countries except El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (July 15, 2015); religious workers are all current except El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (July 15, 2015); EB-5 non-regional and regional centers are current for all countries except China (March 8, 2014). Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at January 22, 2015 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents), and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) May 8, 1993.

For the Date for Filing, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (April 22, 2009) and China (March 1, 2013); EB-3 is current for all countries except India (July 1, 2005), China (May 1, 2014), and the Philippines (September 1, 2013); EB-3 other workers is current for all countries except India (July 1, 2005), China (August 1, 2009), and the Philippines (September 1, 2013); EB-4 and religious workers are all current; and EB-5 non-regional centers and regional centers are current for all countries except China (June 15, 2014). Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at November 22, 2015 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) of April 1, 1994.

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The visa bulletin is out at this link: August 2016 Visa Bulletin.

For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries except China (January 1, 2010) and India (January 1, 2010); EB-2 is at February 1, 2014 for all countries except China (January 1, 2010) and India (November 15, 2004); EB-3 is at March 15, 2016 for all countries except India (November 8, 2004), China (January 1, 2010), and the Philippines (May 15, 2009); EB-3 other workers is at March 15, 2016 for all countries except India (November 8, 2004), China (January 1, 2004), and the Philippines (May 15, 2009); EB-4 is current for all countries except El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Mexico (January 1, 2010); religious workers are all current except El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Mexico (January 1, 2010); EB-5 non-regional and regional centers are current for all countries except China (February 15, 2014). Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at November 15, 2014 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents), and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) February 1, 1993.

For the Date for Filing, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (July 1, 2009) and China (June 1, 2013); EB-3 is current for all countries except India (July 1, 2005), China (May 1, 2015), and the Philippines (January 1, 2013); EB-3 other workers is current for all countries except India (July 1, 2005), China (August 1, 2009), and the Philippines (January 1, 2013); EB-4 and religious workers are all current; and EB-5 non-regional centers and regional centers are current for all countries except China (May 1, 2015). Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at November 22, 2015 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) of July 15, 1993.

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The visa bulletin is out at this link: April 2016 Visa Bulletin

For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (November 8, 2008) and China (September 1, 2012); EB-3 is at February 15, 2016 for all countries except India (August 8, 2004), China (August 15, 2013), and the Philippines (May 1, 2008); EB-3 other workers is at February 15, 2016 for all countries except India (August 8, 2004), China (March 1, 2007), and the Philippines (May 1, 2008); EB-4, religious workers are all current; EB-5 non-regional and regional centers are current for all countries except China (February 1, 2014). Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at October 22, 2014 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) September 1, 1992.

For the Date for Filing, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (July 1, 2009) and China (June 1, 2013); EB-3 is current for all countries except India (July 1, 2005), China (May 1, 2015), and the Philippines (January 1, 2010); EB-3 other workers is current for all countries except India (July 1, 2005), China (August 1, 2007), and the Philippines (January 1, 2010); EB-4, religious workers are all current; and EB-5 non-regional centers and regional centers are current for all countries except China (May 1, 2015). Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at June 15, 2015 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) of January 1, 1993.

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The visa bulletin is out at this link: February 2016 Visa Bulletin

For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (August 1, 2008) and China (March 1, 2012); EB-3 is at October 1, 2015 for all countries except India (June 15, 2004), China (October 1, 2012), and the Philippines (January 8, 2008); EB-3 other workers is at October 1, 2015 for all countries except India (June 15, 2004), China (December 22, 2006), and the Philippines (January 8, 2008); EB-4, religious workers are all current; EB-5 non-regional and regional centers are current for all countries except China (January 15, 2014). Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at September 1, 2014 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) August 8, 1992.

For the Date for Filing, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (July 1, 2009) and China (January 1, 2013); EB-3 is at January 1, 2016 for all countries except India (July 1, 2005), China (October 1, 2013), and the Philippines (January 1, 2010); EB-3 other workers is at January 1, 2016 for all countries except India (July 1, 2005), China (January 1, 2007), and the Philippines (January 1, 2010); EB-4, religious workers are all current; and EB-5 non-regional centers and regional centers are current for all countries except China (May 1, 2015). Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at June 15, 2015 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) of January 1, 1993.

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The visa bulletin is out at this link: January 2016 Visa Bulletin

For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (February 1, 2008) and China (February 1, 2012); EB-3 is at October 1, 2015 for all countries except India (May 15, 2004), China (July 1, 2012), and the Philippines (November 1, 2007); EB-3 other workers is at October 1, 2015 for all countries except India (May 15, 2004), China (December 1, 2006), and the Philippines (November 1, 2007); EB-4, religious workers are all current; EB-5 non-regional centers are current for all countries except China (January 8, 2014); and EB-5 regional centers are unavailable. Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at August 1, 2014 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) July 22, 1992.

For the Date for Filing, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (July 1, 2009) and China (January 1, 2013); EB-3 is at January 1, 2016 for all countries except India (July 1, 2005), China (October 1, 2013), and the Philippines (January 1, 2010); EB-3 other workers is at January 1, 2016 for all countries except India (July 1, 2005), China (January 1, 2007), and the Philippines (January 1, 2010); EB-4, religious workers are all current; and EB-5 non-regional centers and regional centers are current for all countries except China (May 1, 2015). Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at June 15, 2015 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) of January 1, 1993.