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August 15, 2017

VISA BULLETIN FOR SEPTEMBER 2017

LAW OFFICES OF NORKA M. SCHELL, LLC

17 State Street, 40 Floor, Suite 4000
New York, NY 10004
Tel. (212)564-1589 / (973)621-9300
Website: www.lawschell.com


This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during September 2017 for "Final Action Dates" and "Dates for Filing Applications," indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center.

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.
Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers:
A. (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents:  77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;
B. (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents:  23% of the overall second preference limitation.
Third: (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: (F4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens:  65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

A.  FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED
     PREFERENCE CASES
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES 
F101MAY1001MAY1001MAY1001FEB9601JAN07
F2A01OCT1501OCT1501OCT1522SEP1501OCT15
F2B01NOV1001NOV1001NOV10 01JUL9601JAN07
F308JUL0508JUL0508JUL0508APR95 15FEB95
F401JAN0201JAN0201JAN0215SEP9701JUN94

B.  DATES FOR FILING FAMILY-SPONSORED
     VISA APPLICATIONS
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES 
F122JUL1122JUL1122JUL1101APR9608SEP07
F2A08APR1608APR1608APR16 08APR16 08APR16
F2B01SEP1101SEP1101SEP1108AUG9622JUL07
F301DEC0501DEC0501DEC0501MAY9501MAR95
F415NOV0415NOV0422JUN0408JAN9808FEB95

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.
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.      
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".
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.

A.  FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED
     PREFERENCE CASES
Employ-
ment
based
All Charge-
ability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
1stC01JAN12C01JAN12CC
2nd01JAN16 15MAY1301JAN1622AUG0801JAN1601JAN16
3rdC01JAN12C15OCT06 01NOV15
Other WorkersC01JAN0415OCT0601NOV15
4thCC22OCT15 22OCT1522OCT15 C
Certain Religious WorkersCC22OCT1522OCT15 22OCT15C
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C15JUN14CCCC
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C15JUN14CCCC

B.  DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED
     VISA APPLICATIONS
Employment-
based
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICO PHILIPPINES 
1stCCCCC
2ndC01OCT1301FEB09 CC
3rdC01SEP1501JAN07C01JAN16
Other WorkersC01JUN0801JAN07C01JAN16
4thCCCCC
Certain Religious WorkersCCCCC
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C01SEP14CCC
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C01SEP14CCC

* Information extracted from the www.travel.state.gov.


July 14, 2017

IMMIGRATION AND POLICY BY NYC BUSINESS IMMIGRATION LAWYER - Phone (212) 564-1589: VISA BULLETIN FOR AUGUST 2017

IMMIGRATION AND POLICY BY NYC BUSINESS IMMIGRATION LAWYER - Phone (212) 564-1589: VISA BULLETIN FOR AUGUST 2017: LAW OFFICES OF NORKA M. SCHELL, LLC 11 Broadway, Suite 615 New York, New York 10004 Tel. (212) 564-1589 Website: www.lawschell.co...

VISA BULLETIN FOR AUGUST 2017

LAW OFFICES OF NORKA M. SCHELL, LLC

11 Broadway, Suite 615
New York, New York 10004
Tel. (212) 564-1589
Website: www.lawschell.com


The Visa Bulletin for August 2017 summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during August for: "Final Action Dates" and "Dates for Filing Applications," indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center. 

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers:

A. (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents:  77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;
B. (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents:  23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third: (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: (F4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens:  65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.



A.  FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED

     PREFERENCE CASES



Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES 
F1
22DEC10
22DEC10
22DEC10
01FEB96
15OCT06
F2A
22SEP15
22SEP15
22SEP15 
01SEP15
22SEP15
F2B
01NOV10
01NOV10
01NOV10 
01JUL96
08DEC06
F3
08JUL05
08JUL05
08JUL05
08APR95 
22JAN95
F4
08MAY04
08MAY04
22SEP03
15SEP97
08APR94


B. DATES FOR FILING FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA APPLICATIONS

Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES 
F1
22JUL11
22JUL11
22JUL11
01APR96
08SEP07
F2A
08APR16
08APR16
08APR16 
08APR16 
08APR16
F2B
01SEP11
01SEP11
01SEP11
08AUG96
22JUL07
F3
01DEC05
01DEC05
01DEC05
01MAY95
01FEB95
F4
15NOV04
15NOV04
22JUN04
08JAN98
08FEB95

First: Priority Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

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.

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".

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.



A.  FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED
     PREFERENCE CASES



Employ-
ment
based
All Charge-
ability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
1st
C
01JAN12
C
01JAN12
C
C
2nd
01APR15 
22APR13
01APR15
22JUL08
01APR15
01APR15
3rd
C
01JAN12
C
15JUL06 
01JUN15
Other Workers
C
01JAN04
15JUL06
01JUN15
4th
C
C
15SEP15 
15SEP15
15SEP15 
C
Certain Religious Workers
C
C
15SEP15
15SEP15 
15SEP15
C
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C
15JUN14
C
C
C
C
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C
15JUN14
C
C
C
C



B.  DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED
     VISA APPLICATIONS



Employment-
based
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
INDIA
MEXICO 
PHILIPPINES 
1st
C
C
C
C
C
2nd
C
01OCT13
01FEB09 
C
C
3rd
C
01SEP15
01JAN07
C
01JAN16
Other Workers
C
01JUN08
01JAN07
C
01JAN16
4th
C
C
C
C
C
Certain Religious Workers
C
C
C
C
C
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C
01SEP14
C
C
C
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C
01SEP14
C
C
C

* Information extracted from www.travel.state.gov/