For November 2016, the first and second employment preferences remain current worldwide. The second preference for China has progressed from a priority date of February 15, 2012 to a priority date of July 15, 2012 from October 2016 to November 2016, a leap forward of five months. The second preference for India has progressed only about two weeks, from January 15, 2007 in October to November 1, 2007 in November 2016, a small step in the right direction.  The third preference worldwide has advanced from June 1, 2016 in October to July 1 2016 in November, keeping up at a good pace. Mexico is at the same date, July 1, 2016 for the third preference. The third preference for China has moved from January 22, 2013 to April 15, 2013, a wait of about three and a half years. The third preference for India has gone from March 1, 2005 to March 8, 2005, advancing by only one week and abysmally stuck at more than 11 years behind, and increasing. The third preference for the Philippines has moved from December 1, 2010 to April 1, 2011, advancing four months, but still about a five and a half year wait. Other workers for all countries have the same dates as the third preference, with the exception of China, which is backlogged to September 1, 2005.

Good news, religious workers immigrant visas have gone from totally unavailable for all countries during October 2016, to being current for all countries in November 2016 except for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, which are at July 15, 2015.   Fourth preference is also current for all countries except for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, again at July 15, 2015.