October 2017 Visa Bulletin: EB2 Worldwide Category Current

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the October 2017 Visa Bulletin showing that the employment-based second preference EB2 worldwide category is now current. This category regressed under the August 2017 Visa Bulletin. Under the Final Action Dates chart, EB2 category for India is at September 15, 2008, and for China May 22, 2013. The EB1 category also became current again for those chargeable to India and China and the EB1 worldwide category remains current. The EB3 worldwide category remains current and the EB3 category for China is at January 1, 2014, and at October 15, 2006, for India.

USCIS has not yet announced whether the Final Actions Dates chart or the Filing Date chart will govern when foreign nationals can apply to adjust their status. Recently, USCIS has allowed foreign nationals to use the Final Action Dates chart and those who have had a priority date earlier than the date in the ‘Final Action Dates for Employment-based Preference Cases’ chart may file their Forms I-485. Applicants for immigrant visas may use the ‘Dates for Filing of Employment-based Visa Applications’ chart.