The August 2017 Priority Dates

The August 2017 Priority Dates

Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month, for the various family and employment based categories. A priority date is a person’s “place in line” for a visa, meaning immigrant visas (or green cards) would be available for persons whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below. If your priority date was “current,” but later retrogressed (or “moved backwards” and became unavailable) before your immigrant visa was issued (or before you adjusted status in the U.S.), you would have to wait until it becomes current again.

Beginning last October 2015, the format of the Visa Bulletin changed, in that a new column was added, called the “Application Filing Date.” If a person’s priority date is earlier than the Application Filing Date, they can already file for adjustment of status and work authorization (provided they are otherwise eligible and USCIS indicates on its website it will use the Application Filing Date for that month). This could allow people to obtain work authorization much sooner than before, where they had to wait for the priority date to be current (in the Visa Issuance Date column) in order to both file for adjustment and be eligible for a green card.

The priority dates for the Philippines are as follows:

FAMILY CATEGORY: Application Filing
Date
Visa Issuance
Date
First Preference Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens
(over 21 years of age)
September 8, 2007 October 15, 2006
Second Preference (2A) Spouse and minor children
(below 21 years old) of green card holder
April 8 , 2016 September 22, 2015
(2B) Unmarried sons and daughters
(21 years old or older) of green card holder
July 22, 2007 December 8, 2006
Third Preference Married sons and daughters of U.S. Citizens February 1, 1995 January 22, 1995
Fourth Preference Brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens. February 8, 1995 April 8, 1994

 

LABOR CERTIFICATION Application Filing Date Visa Issuance Date
Second Preference Advanced Degree (Masters) Current April 1, 2015
Third Preference Professional/Skilled Workers January 1, 2016 June 1, 2015
Other workers Non-Skilled Workers January 1, 2016 June 1, 2015

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