The USCIS Visa Bulletin for July 2017 has been released. As a reminder, the USCIS announced that in July it will only accept employment-based adjustment-of-status applications based on the Application Final Action Dates chart.
The Dates for Filing chart published in the State Department’s July Visa Bulletin will not apply. Employment-based immigrants must follow the Application Final Action Dates chart to determine eligibility to file their adjustment-of-status petitions with USCIS. Only applicants with priority dates earlier than the dates listed in the chart will be permitted to file their adjustment-of-status applications in July.
Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:
Final Action Dates for Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Applications:
Determining Visa Availability
According to the USCIS, they consider several factors to determine if there is a greater supply of visas than the demand for those visas. To determine eligibility, they will compare the number of available visas for the remainder of the fiscal year with:
- Documentarily qualified visa applications reported by DOS
- Pending adjustment of status applications reported by USCIS
- Historical drop-off rate of applications for adjustment of status (example: denials, withdrawals, abandonments, etc.)