State Dept. Announces Oversubscription of EB-2 Category,
Annual Numerical Limits for Immigration, Change-of-Address NVC
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
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 https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-for-august-2017.html.
The September bulletin is at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-for-september-2017.html.
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