In a meeting with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) learned the following with respect to anticipated availability of immigrant visas. To check the current visa bulletin: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin.html
EB-1 China and India. A final action date of January 1, 2012, which was imposed for EB-1 China and EB-1 India in June, remains for August and is expected to hold through the end of this fiscal year (September 30, 2017). This means that individuals from India and China whose priority dates after January 1, 2012 will not be able to file adjustments of status until October.
EB-2 Worldwide. A final action date of April 1, 2015, will be imposed for EB-2 Worldwide in August. It appears likely that this category will become current again on October 1, 2017.
EB-2 India. The final action date of July 22, 2008, will remain the same until at least the end of this fiscal year. For Fiscal Year 2018, the Department of State, in order to avoid drastic retrogressions later in the year, is likely to allow only conservative advancement.
EB-2 and EB-3 China. In August, the final action date for EB-2 China will advance one month to April 22, 2013 and it will definitely advance in October when the new fiscal year’s numbers become available.
As predicted, the final action date for EB-3 China, which retrogressed three years in July, will remain at January 1, 2012, in August likely advancing to a final action date of October 1, 2014. And it is expected that the final action date for EB-2 China will lag behind that of EB-3 China in October 2017 likely continuing the trend of EB-3 downgrades.
EB-3 Worldwide. EB-3 Worldwide, which has a final action date of June 8, 2017 in July, will be current in August.
EB-3 India. The final action date for EB-3 India, which advanced five months in July, will leap forward another nine months in August to July 15, 2006. While this category should advance again in September, it will not be as pronounced as in August.
EB-3 Philippines. The final action date for EB-3 Philippines will advance to June 1, 2015, in August.
EB-5 China. The final action date for EB-5 China will advance one week to June 15, 2014, in August. If that date advances in September, it will only be one week. Future movement is likely to be slow.
FB-4. The July final action date of May 8, 2004, for FB-4 Worldwide will hold in August. The lack of movement is attributable to a sizeable increase in demand and which may lead to a temporary retrogression for FB-4 Worldwide and FB-4 China. If that happens, the final action date would return to May 8, 2004, in October 2017.
FB-2A. Members should expect little progress for the FB-2A final action date for September, but it will pick back up in October with the infusion of new fiscal year numbers. Slow movement is attributable to the fact that the annual visa limit is being approached.
Special Immigrants. The July final action date for EB-4 India, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico will advance one month to September 15, 2015, in August. This category may have additional forward movement (perhaps to a date in October 2015) in September. The date that is imposed in September is likely to continue to apply through the first quarter of the new fiscal year with the exception of EB-4 India, which will become current in October with no additional movement until next summer. There is also a possibility that EB-4 Mexico will have a different final action date in September than EB-4 El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.”
AILA Do. No. 14071401 Dated July 18, 2017.