The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step of the green card process, or if already pending, when the final step can be adjudicated.

Below is a summary of the October Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month.

China: EB-1 advances more than two years to November 1, 2016; EB-2 retrogresses two years to January 1, 2015; and EB-3 advances twenty-two months to November 1, 2015

India: EB-1 returns to January 1, 2015; EB-2 creeps forward four days to May 12, 2009; and EB-3 leaps ahead over four year to January 1, 2009

Philippines: EB-1 returns to April 22, 2018; EB-2 becomes current; and EB-3 advances fifteen months to October 15, 2017

All Other Countries: EB-1 returns to April 22, 2018; EB-2 and EB-3 return to current

NOTE: USCIS will accept I-485 applications in October based on the Department of State’s Dates for Filing chart. The dates listed in the Dates for Filing chart are (in some cases) significantly later than the Final Action chart.