US Department of State Visa Bulletin for July 2017

June 10th, 2017

The US Department of State (DOS) has issued its Visa Bulletin for July 2017 with the current priority dates for immigrant visas. A foreign national may be issued an immigrant visa, or have his or her I-485 application to adjust status to legal permanent residency approved, only when the US DOS’s priority date on the applicable chart is past the priority date assigned to the I-140 immigrant visa petition. A foreign national may retain his or her priority date from an earlier approved I-140 in many situations.

For the EB-2 worldwide category, the priority date is still current (C). For the EB-2 category for those from India the DOS is issuing immigrant visas for those with priority dates up to July 22, 2008. For the EB-2 category for China it is March 22, 2013. For the EB-3 worldwide category, the DOS is up to the priority date of June 8, 2017, which is pretty much current. For the EB-3 category for India it is February 15, 2006, and for those chargeable to China (born in China) it is January 1, 2012.

It is important to note that there are two charts – Chart A for final action and Chart B for filing the application. USCIS is following the dates on Chart A for filing the I-485.