October 2016 visa bulletin update

  • Yesterday, September 21, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that in October 2016 it will accept Adjustment of Status Applications based on the “Filing Date” chart for most of the employment- and family-based immigrant visa categories. This is positive news for everyone, especially for Indian and Chinese Nationals. For your reference, included below are the “Filing Date” charts for both employment- and family-based filings for the month of October 2016.

    Note that the “Filing Date” chart will not apply to the employment-based, fourth preference (EB4) category for certain religious workers; and the employment-based, fifth preference (EB5) category for cases filed through regional centers.

    October 2016 Employment-Based “Filing Date” Chart:


    All Chargeability 
    Areas Except
    Those Listed              








     1st               C              C              C             C            C
     2nd               C         01MAR13        22APR09             C             C 
     3rd               C         01MAY14        01JUL05             C        01SEP13
     Other Workers               C         01AUG09        01JUL05             C        01SEP13
     4th               C              C               C             C             C 

    Certain Religious Workers

                  C              C              C             C             C 

    5th Non-Regional Center(C5 and T5)

                  C         15JUN14              C             C             C
    5th Regional Center (I5 and R5)               C         15JUN14              C             C            C


    October 2016 Family-Sponsored “Filing Date” Chart:



    All Chargeability 
    Areas Except
    Those Listed              








     F1          01JAN11           01JAN11




     F2A          22NOV15           22NOV15        22NOV15          22NOV15      22NOV15       
     F2B          08FEB11           08FEB11        08FEB11         01JUN96      01FEB07
     F3          22AUG05           22AUG05        22AUG05         01MAY95      01JAN95  
     F4          01JUL04           01JUL04        01MAY04               01DEC97      01APR94      


    These guides are not legal advice, nor a substitute for a lawyer

    These articles are provided freely as general guides. While we do our best to make sure these guides are helpful, we do not give any guarantee that they are accurate or appropriate to your situation, or take any responsibility for any loss their use might cause you. Do not rely on information provided here without seeking experienced legal advice first. If in doubt, please always consult a lawyer.

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