The July 2017 DOS Visa Bulletin “Final Action” chart for employment-based preference cases contains some important updates as we head into the tenth month of FY2017. The DOS maintains the January 1, 2012 cut-off date EB-1 Priority Workers for China and India. EB-2 “Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability” category for China and India continues their steady movement by advancing 3 weeks to cut-off dates of March 22, 2013 and July 22, 2008, respectively. EB-3 “Skilled Workers/Professionals for All Chargeability areas, Mexico, and El Salvador / Guatemala / Honduras progresses 1 ½ months to a cut-off date of June 8, 2017. EB-3 Philippines advances 1 year to a cut-off date of May 15, 2014 while the EB-3 China cut-off date retrogressed 2 years to January 1, 2012. Please stay tuned for the latest updates and contact your immigration counsel with questions and to plan immigration proceedings filing based on the Bulletin data.