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Breaking: October 2015 Visa Bulletin Revised – EB-2 India/China and EB-3 Philippines Revised Backwards

Just a few minutes ago, and just a few days before the October 2015 Visa Bulletin were to become effective, the U.S. State Department has released a revision to the October 2015 Visa Bulletin.   EB-2 India and China applicants, many of whom were the primary beneficiaries of the October 2015 Visa Bulletin two-tier cutoff date system, would be disappointed by the backwards revision of the Filing cutoff dates.

Revised Visa Bulletin Filing Cutoff Date Revision

The October 2015 Visa Bulletin revised the Filing cutoff date for employment-based cases as follows:

  • EB-2 India – moving backwards by two (2) years from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2009.
  • EB-2 China -moving backwards by seventeen (17) months from May 1, 2014 to January 1, 2013.
  • EB-3 Philippines – moving backwards by five (5) years from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2010.

As a result of the revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin, only those applicants whose priority date is earlier than the noted cutoff date can file their I-485 applications.      The impact of this revision is that thousands of applicants who were on the verge of filing I-485 adjustment of status applications will now be unable to do so.

Future Cutoff Date Movements

At this time, we do not know how quickly would the Filing cutoff dates move forward.   We are hoping for aggressive forward movement over the next months but given this sudden revision in the Visa Bulletin, we will seek input from stakeholders and provide on our website and weekly Newsletter.

Further Updates and News

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