Visa Bulletin, August 2017

Going into the second week of July and we already have – and are sharing – the Visa Bulletin for August 2017 as a public service to our friends, viewers and the migrant public. 

By knowing when an immigrant visa applicant and/or the petitioner may start appointing an agent to initiate the visa processing before the priority date comes, the updated list of documents, paying the fees and knowing how much longer the wait could be – both the petitioner and the visa applicant may start preparing and collecting documents – especially if correction of entries are needed.

Family-
Sponsored 

All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed

AUGUST

2016

FINAL ACTION

JULY 2017

FINAL ACTION

AUG. 2017

FILING DATE

AUG. 2017 

F1

22DEC10

22MAR05

15SEP06

15OCT06

08SEP07

F2A

22SEP15

15NOV14

08SEP15

22SEP15

08APR16

F2B

01NOV10

15SEP05

01NOV06

08DEC06

22JUL07

F3

08JUL05

15MAR94

15DEC94

22JAN95

01FEB95

F4

08MAY04

01FEB93

15FEB94

08APR94

08FEB95

EB1

C

C

C

C

C

EB2

01APR15

1FEB14

C

01APR15

C

EB3/OWs

15MAY09

15MAY14

01JUN15

01JAN16

EB4 / RW

C

C

C

C

C

EB5

C

C

C

C

C

Visa movement within a year.

As you can see, the priority dates for the Family-sponsored categories a year or two – depending on the category.  F1 advanced 1 yr and 6 months;  F2B  and F4 moved 2 and 3 months plus a year respectively.

From July to August, cut-off dates for the F1, F2B, F3 moved 1 month, while petitions for siblings advanced 1 month and 1 week.

On the Employment-based categories, the EB2 (for aliens with advanced degrees) a cut-off date has been established instead of being current for the last months.  It is interesting to note that in August 2016, the EB2 also was not current: a cut off date of Feb. 1, 2014 was set.

This means that for two years in a row, the unused numbers for the EB1 category for the Philippines that trickled down to the EB2 had all been assigned. Yet, there are more EB2 applicants than there are EB1 allocations and trickle-down visa numbers.

See the explanation of how the visas are allocated and trickle down to various numbers worldwide, below: There is a 25,620 per country allocation and a pro-rata allocation in various categories is applied.

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES

First:  Priority Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences. In this case, if there are less applicants in the Special Immigrants and Employment-creation preferences, the unused numbers are moved up to EB1.

Second:  Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference. If, despite the movement of visas from the EB4 ad EB5, there are more applicants than the monthly allocation and trickle downs, the EB2 could retrogress or move back.

Third:  Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to "*Other Workers". This category had been the most laggard among the EB categories for the Philippines. In fact in November 2016, EB2 applicants from the Philippines comprised 43.1% of the overall world EB2 visa applicants, closely followed by India at 39.1%

Fourth:  Certain Special Immigrants:  7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth:  Employment Creation:  7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of Pub. L. 102-395.

No Filipino Visa applicants in some categories?

There are virtually no EB4 and EB5 – Religious workers, special immigrants and Immigrant Investors with at least $500,000 capital investment – from the Philippines.  Yet, despite the potential numbers that could move up to EB1 -where there are rare if any applicants in the Priority Worker category-  and the unused numbers from EB1 trickling down to EB2, the August 2017 cut-off dates for the Philippines still were not enough to accommodate the total number of qualified applicants.

The Employment-based First Preference category is further subdivided into three:  Aliens with Extraordinary Abilities in the sciences, arts, education,  business or athletics; Outstanding professors and researchers and Certain Multinational Managers and Executives (theoretically those who have been in Intracompany Transferee status for at least a year within the last 3 years of L-1 stay the U.S.)

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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