The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released the Visa Bulletin for September 2017. The Bulletin includes notes regarding the retrogression of family preference final action dates, the determination of the numerical limits on immigrants, and reporting address changes for cases being processed overseas.
Retrogression of Family Preference Final Action Dates
Family First Preference (F1): Due to the continued high level of demand for F1 preference (unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their minor children), the final action dates for the following have retrogressed (moved back) for the month of September: Worldwide, China, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, and Honduras The final action date for these countries will return to December 22, 2010 for October, the first month of fiscal year 2018.
Family Fourth Preference (F4): Also due to high level of demand for F4 preference (brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children), the final action dates for the following have retrogressed for the month of September. When the final action dates for these countries are announced for October, the first month of fiscal year 2018, they will be returned to the final action dates which had been established for August.
Numerical Limits on Immigrant Visas
DOS is required to make a determination of the worldwide numerical limitations, as outlined in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), on an annual basis. DOS has recently determined the following numerical limitations for FY-2017:
Worldwide Family-Sponsored preference limit: 226,000
Worldwide Employment-Based preference limit: 140,000
Note: As of August 10, 2017, USCIS has advised that in September 2017, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family- or employment-based petitions based on the final action dates.
Reporting Address Changes to the National Visa Center (NVC)
For applicants processing their case overseas, any change of address should always be reported to the NVC. For faster processing, please provide an email address where NVC can contact you about your case. It is essential that NVC have the correct address so they can send information regarding the processing of the case to the applicant.
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