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Special Alert: December 2015 Visa Bulletin Released

November 9, 2015

December 2015 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State has released the December 2015 Visa Bulletin.

Please note that in the “pre-registration” chart, all categories remain unchanged since the November 2015 release.

In the December 2015 Visa Bulletin, India sees a small advancement in the EB-2 and EB-3 Categories for the final action dates, while China remains unchanged in the EB-2 Category and sees an advancement in the EB-3 Category. The Visa Bulletin can be summarized as follows:


 

Application Final Action Dates (consistent with prior Visa Bulletins, dates when visas may be issued):

EB-1

  • All countries remain current.

EB-2

  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of February 1, 2012. This category remains unchanged. 
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of June 1, 2007. This category has advanced by 10 months. 
  • The worldwide quota, Mexico, and the Philippines remain current.

EB-3

  • Persons in the EB-3 category and falling into the worldwide quota are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of September 1, 2015. This category has advanced by 17 days.
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of April 15, 2012. This category has advanced by 3 months 14 days. 
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of April 22, 2004. This category has advanced by 21 days.
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in Mexico are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of September 1, 2015. This category has advanced by 17 days.
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in the Philippines are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of August 1, 2007. This category has advanced by 1 month 17 days. 

EB-4 

  • All countries remain current.

EB-5

  • Persons in the EB-5 category Non Regional Center (C5 and T5) and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of December 15, 2013. This category has advanced by 23 days. 
  • The worldwide quota, India, Mexico, and the Philippines remain current.

Dates for Filing Applications (earliest dates when applicants may be able to apply):

Highlights:  Although visa numbers are not available, you can still file your Adjustment of Status application if your priority date is earlier than:

EB-1

  • All countries are current.

EB-2

  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of January 1, 2013This category remains unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of July 1, 2009.  This category remains unchanged.
  • The worldwide quota, Mexico, and the Philippines are current.

EB-3

  • Persons in the EB-3 category and falling into the worldwide quota are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of September 1, 2015This category remains unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of October 1, 2013. This category remains unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of July 1, 2005This category remains unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in Mexico are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of September 1, 2015This category remains unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in the Philippines are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of January 1, 2010This category remains unchanged.

EB-4 

  • All countries are current.

EB-5

  • Persons in the EB-5 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of May 1, 2015. This category remains unchanged.
  • The worldwide quota, India, Mexico, and the Philippines remain current.

The complete Visa Bulletin for December 2015 can be found here.