The new application and final visa issuance action dates are now available in the March Visa Bulletin.
As of October 2015, the process for filing applications has 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.
Below, you can see the tables of the Visa Bulletin for March 2016 for applications processed through consular channels. To view the Visa Bulletin Tables on Filing for Adjustment of Status (applications for an immigrant visa filed within the United States) click here. click here.