The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for July 2016 indicates that Mexico has reached its EB-4 visa limit for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 2016). Mexico joins El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in the list of countries that have reached their FY 2016 EB4 visa limits.
The Application Final Action Dates chart of the DOS July 2016 Visa Bulletin has prescribed a cut-off date of January 1, 2010, for EB-4 visas for special immigrants from Mexico. As a result, starting July 1, 2016, eb-4 special immigrants from Mexico who filed Form I-360, on or after January 1, 2010, will not be able to obtain an immigrant visa or adjust status until new visas become available.
Petitioners may continue to file Form I-360. USCIS will continue to accept all properly filed submissions of Form I-485 for adjustment of status under the EB-4 visa classification for Mexico until June 30, 2016, and will continue to adjudicate applications while visas remain available.
After July 1, 2016, USCIS will process and make a decision on Form I-485 only if Form I-360 petition is filed before January 1, 2010 and is ultimately approved. After July 1, 2016, USCIS will reject and return other Form I-485 applications. USCIS will continue to process Form I-360 petitions even if submitted together with a Form I-485 that gets rejected.
FY 2016 ends on September 30, 2016, and information on EB4 visa availability for FY 2017 will be published in the October 2016 Visa Bulletin.