State Dept. Announces Oversubscription of EB-2 Category,

Annual Numerical Limits for Immigration, Change-of-Address NVC

Reporting Requirements

The Department of State's Visa Bulletins for August and

September 2017 include news on several topics.

The August bulletin notes the oversubscription of the

employment-based second preference (EB-2) category. High demand for

numbers for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

adjustment-of-status applicants has required the establishment of

cut-off dates for August for Worldwide, El Salvador, Guatemala,

Honduras, Mexico, and Philippines EB-2 visa numbers. The bulletin

says this action will allow number use to be held within the

Worldwide annual limit. The Department expects the date for these

countries to once again become Current for October, the first month

of fiscal year (FY) 2018.

The September bulletin notes that any changes of address for

applicants processing their cases overseas should always be

reported to the National Visa Center (NVC). The bulletin provides

details about what to include in communications with NVC and

contact information.

The September bulletin also notes the annual determination of

the numerical limits on immigrants for FY 2017. The worldwide

employment-based preference limit is 140,000. For FY 2017, the

per-country limit is 25,620 and the dependent area annual limit is


The August bulletin is at

The September bulletin is at

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