June 2017 Visa Bulletin: Cut-Off Dates & Retrogression

EB-1 China & EB-1 India Cut-Off Dates

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the visa bulletin for June 2017, which imposes a final action date of January 1, 2012 for both EB-1 China and EB-1 India, which together have already used almost half of the entire EB-1 Worldwide limit for this fiscal year. The purpose of imposing of final action dates for these categories is to control number use under the EB-1 Worldwide annual limit, and to allow numbers to remain available for all other countries. A similar action was taken last fiscal year, where the August 2016 visa bulletin imposed a final action date of January 1, 2010 for both EB-1 China and EB-1 India. Both EB-1 China and EB-1 become “current” once again in October 2016 under the FY 2017 annual limits. Similarly, it is hoped that the final action date for EB-1 China and EB-1 India will return to current on October 1, 2017.

Upcoming EB-2 Worldwide Retrogression

Due to sustained high demand for the EB-2 category, it is also anticipated that a final action cut-off date will be imposed on EB-2 worldwide in the next coming months. The cut-off date is not yet predicted at this point. It will be determined based upon the remaining numbers and the monthly demand trend. We are hopeful that this period of retrogression will be brief, and that the category will become current again on October 1, 2017.