Update on August 2017 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for the month of August.

Unfortunately, a backlog has developed and a cutoff date of April 1, 2015 has been established for the employment-based E-2 worldwide category in the “final action date” chart.*  USCIS has announced that it will use this chart to determine whether an Adjustment of Status application can be filed.

Therefore, only applicants who have a “Priority Date” prior to April 1, 2015 will be able to file an Adjustment of Status application after July 31.

The Department predicts that the cutoff date for worldwide will again become current on October 1, 2017, the beginning of the new fiscal year. Historically, this has been the case when numbers have become backlogged during the months of August and September.

*the cutoff date for India is July 22, 2008 and the cutoff date for China is April 22, 2013.