The Department of State (DOS) has released the final visa bulletin of this fiscal year. The Final Action dates remained virtually unchanged for India and China but, the Philippines EB2 and EB3 saw big jumps forward as did EB2 for all others. The DOS also announced that the worldwide limit for FY-2017 was set at 140,000 for employment based and the per-country limit was affixed at 25,620. With the October Visa Bulletin, the new fiscal year will start and we expect several retrogressed categories including EB1 India and China and EB2 all other and Philippines to return to current.
The DOS has released the September Visa Bulletin, and as is typical for the last bulletin of the fiscal year, most categories saw no movement however, EB2 India and EB3 Philippines saw forward jumps. There is great anticipation for the October Bulletin to see if India EB2 holds its ground or retrogresses.
The Department of State today released the September Visa Bulletin and it made a lot of people happy. For example, EB3 for all other countries and for China jumped 18 months, while India EB3 moved 9 months. Movement of this type has not been seen in EB3 since Lincoln was in the White House. The DOS indicated that this rapid forward movement was due to a lack of the expected demand however, they did predict that further forward movement over the next few months was unlikely.
The DOS has released the final visa bulletin of this fiscal year. As expected, there was no movement in the EB2 category and the EB3 category only moved forward slightly.
The DOS released the September Visa Bulletin and the EB2 categories for India and PRC showed no forward movement whereas the EB3 categories for all countries once again showed slow but, steady movement forward. It is not uncommon for the final Visa Bulletin of the fiscal year to show some slow-down or even retrogression so there should not be too much read into the lack of movement in Sept. dates for EB2 categories.