For February 2017, all employment preferences for the worldwide category are current for filing immigrant visas, including EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, Other Workers, EB-4, Certain Religious Workers, and EB-5. While the actual priority dates for EB-3 and Other Workers are both at October 1, 2016, this does not have much practical effect. For EB-2 China, the immigrant visa filing dates are up to March 1, 2013, while the priority dates is at November 15, 2012, more than four years behind. For EB-3 China, the filing date is up to May 1, 2014, and the priority date is at October 1, 2013, about three years and four months behind.
For EB-2 India, the immigrant visa filing date is at April 22, 2009 and the priority date is at April 15, 2008. For EB-3 India, the filing date is at July 1, 2005 and the priority date is at March 22, 2005.
For the Philippines, both EB-3 and Other Workers, are at a filing date of September 1, 2013 and the priority date is up to October 15, 2011, more than five years and two months behind.
Regarding EB-5, both regional centers and non-regional centers, the priority dates are current for all countries except China. EB-5 China is backlogged to June 15, 2014 for filing and the priority date is only up to April 15, 2014.
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico all have backlogged priority dates for EB-4 and Certain Religious Workers at July 15, 2015, although all are current for immigrant visa filing.