July 2016 DOS Visa Bulletin

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Introduction: July 2016 DOS Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has released the July 2016 Visa Bulletin [PDF version]. The DOS Visa Bulletin consists of charts that show when person with approved immigrant visa petition in the family-sponsored [see subject] or employment-based [see subject] preference classifications may file for adjustment of status [see section]. The DOS provides dates for filing (when an application may be filed) and final action dates (when an immigrant visa may be issued) [see blog]. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determined that applicants must use the final action dates for filing applications for adjustment of status in July of 2016 [PDF version]. We have reproduced the charts for the final action dates for adjustment of status applications in the family-sponsored and employment-based preference categories from the July 2016 DOS Visa Bulletin below:

Application Final Action Dates for Filing Family-Sponsored Preference Cases:

Family-
Sponsored
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 22MAR09 22MAR09 22MAR09 08MAR95 01FEB05
F2A 15NOV14 15NOV14 15NOV14 01SEP14 15NOV14
F2B 08DEC09 08DEC09 08DEC09 08SEP95 01JUL05
F3 01DEC04 01DEC04 01DEC04 22OCT94 01MAR94
F4 08SEP03 01JAN03 01JAN01 15APR97 01JAN93

 

Application Final Action Dates For Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA — mainland born EL SALVADOR GUATEMALA HONDURAS INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C C
2nd C 01JAN10 C 01NOV04 C C
3rd 01MAR16 01JAN10 01MAR16 22OCT04 01MAR16 15FEB09
Other Workers 01MAR16 01JAN04 01MAR16 22OCT04 01MAR16 15FEB09
4th C C 01JAN10 C 01JAN10 C
Certain Religious Workers C C 01JAN10 C 01JAN10 C
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C 15FEB14 C C C C
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C 15FEB14 C C C C

Using the Charts

Beneficiaries of approved immigrant visa petitions in the family-sponsored or employment-based preference categories must have a priority date that is prior to the cutoff date listed in the applicable section of the appropriate chart in order to file for adjustment of status in July of 2016.

USCIS's page on the July 2016 Visa Bulletin includes a helpful chart that illustrates how the adjustment of status process works. We have reproduced the chart below for your convenience:

DOS Visa Bulletin

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Conclusion: July 2016 DOS Visa Bulletin

It is important for the beneficiary of an approved immigrant visa petition in the family-sponsored or employment-based preference categories to stay up to date with the DOS Visa Bulletin each month in order to be ready to apply for adjustment of status as soon as he or she is eligible to do so. Adjustment of status applicants are well advised to consult with an experienced immigration attorney for guidance through the entire adjustment of status application process.