USCIS Visa Bulletin: July 2017

June 21, 2017 Britni Sehgal

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.

Family-based immigrants will also be required to use the Final Action Dates chart applicable to family-sponsored immigrants, which was also provided in the USCIS Visa Bulletin.

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.)

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