New tables including consular filing dates and final visa issuance action are now available in the April Visa Bulletin.
These are the tables of the Visa Bulletin for April 2016:
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Final Action Dates for Family-Based Case Requests
Filing Dates for Family Based Case Applications
Employment-Based Case Applications Final Action Dates
Dates for Submitting Employment-Based Case Applications
In sections where a "C" is marked, it means that the category is current, and applications may be filed regardless of the applicant's priority date.
Remember that in October 2015, the process for filing applications changed. Now, the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services publish two tables for each visa preference category with the following information:
- Final Action Dates: dates on which immigrant visas can finally be issued.
- Dates for Filing: earliest date a person can file an application for an immigrant visa.
In order to determine when you can start the process to apply for an immigrant visa through consular channels or adjustment of status, you should check the lists every month.