Priority Date Availability for the rest of the 2017 Fiscal Year.

While the Social Media questions on the ESTA / Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Application are optional and are not required to be answered. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) updated their ESTA / VWP FAQs to advise that social media profiles are subject to review at admission to the United States. As it may with all persons arriving at a port-of-entry to the United States.

Read More


Priority Date Availability for the rest of the 2017 Fiscal Year.

EB-1 Worldwide remains current.

EB-1 China and India stuck. The final action date for EB-1 China and EB-1 India (January 1, 2012) that was imposed in June 2017 remains for July 2017 and is expected to hold through the end of this fiscal year.

EB-2 Worldwide current in July. Will not be current in August. Will become current again on October 1, 2017.

EB-2 India. In July, will advance to July 22, 2008. Could advance to August in September 2008. Approximately 40 percent of the available EB-2 India numbers are being used by beneficiaries who have upgraded from EB-3 India.

EB-2 China and EB-3 China. For the first time this fiscal year, the final action date for EB-2 China is later than the final action date for EB-3 China. EB-2 China advanced three weeks in July to March 22, 2013, and expect slow progress in this category to continue. By contrast, EB-3 China will retrogress three years in July to January 1, 2012, as a result of a significant amount of EB-3 downgrades. EB-3 China will advance to October 1, 2014, effective October 1, 2017. The final action date for EB-3 China Other Workers will hold at July 15, 2006, and this date could also retrogress in August or September.

The annual allocation for EB-3 China is only 2,500 because the Chinese Student Protection Act requires an offset of 1,000 numbers from the China employment-based visa annual limit each fiscal year. Three hundred of those numbers are deducted from the EB-3 limit, and seven hundred numbers are deducted from the EB-5 limit.

EB-3 Worldwide. In July, will advance less than two months to June 8, 2017, keeping this category effectively current. For July, EB-3 Philippines will advance one year to May 15, 2014, and will likely advance to a date in the fall of 2015 before the end of this fiscal year.

EB-3 India to advance some. In July, EB-3 India will advance five months to October 15, 2005, and should continue to advance. The otherwise unused numbers for EB-3 Worldwide are required to be allocated in order of priority date, meaning that these numbers will fall to EB-3 India, which has the earliest final action date in the EB-3 category.

EB-5 China. The final action date for EB-5 China will continue to hold at June 8, 2014, in July. Some additional forward movement in this category is possible for September.