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Immigrant Visa Priority Dates for October 2016

The US Department of State has released the Immigrant Visa Priority Dates (Immigrant Visas are required to obtain the Green Card, or Legal Permanent Status) for October 2016. Accordingly, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS will process I-485 Adjustment of Status Applications) and the Department of State (The Department of State will process immigrant visas, which will be used to enter the US and receive the Green Card) will be processing Green Card applications/visas for petitions (I-130, Labor Certification or I-140, I-360) filed, and therefore having a “Priority Date”, before the dates in the first table on this page.

 All Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedChina—Mainland BornEl Salvador Guatemala HondurasIndiaMexicoPhilippines
F1 (Unmarried Sons/Daughters of US Citizens)
+ 7d
+ 7d
+ 7d
+ 7d
+ 10d
+ 31d
F2A (Spouse & Children of Green Card Holders)
+ 37d
+ 37d
+ 37d
+ 37d
+ 91d
+ 37d
F2B (Unmarried Sons/Daughters of Green Card Holders)
+ 42d
+ 42d
+ 42d
+ 42d
+ 16d
+ 31d
F3 (Married Sons/Daughters of US Citizens)
+ 21d
+ 21d
+ 21d
+ 21d
+ 7d
+ 23d
F4 (Siblings of US Citizens)
+ 24d
+ 120d
+ 24d
+ 699d
+ 9d
+ 45d
EB1 (Extraordinary Ability)
+ ∞
+ ∞
EB2 (Professionals/Exceptional Ability)
+ ∞
+ 775d
+ ∞
+ 692d
+ ∞
+ ∞
EB3 (Skilled Workers)
+ 31d
+ 1117d
+ 31d
+ 14d
+ 31d
+ 153d
EB3 (Other Workers)
+ 31d
+ 366d
+ 31d
+ 14d
+ 31d
+ 153d
EB4 (Special Immigrants)
+ 1991d
+ ∞
+ ∞
EB4 (Religious Workers)
- ∞
- ∞
- ∞
- ∞
- ∞
- ∞
EB5 (Non-Regional Center)
+ 7d
EB5 (Regional Center)
- ∞
- ∞
- ∞
- ∞
- ∞
- ∞

For dates for filing visa applications with the Department of State, please see the “Dates for Filing” tables in the Visa Bulletin. For dates for filing adjustment of status applications with USCIS, please see USCIS’s tables. Please note that USCIS’s tables are released one to two weeks after the Visa Bulletin is issued.

In the EB4 Religious Worker and EB5 Regional Center categories, there are no visas available due to the expiration the authorizing law. It is expected that Congress will renew the law. When that happens, the EB4 Religious Worker category will become current for all countries except for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where the priority date will be June 15, 2015, and the EB5 Regional Center category will become current except for China, which will have a priority date of February 22, 2014.