April Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China to advance by 6 weeks, other categories to advance slightly

9 Mar 16

UNITED STATES

Application Final Action Dates for Chinese nationals in the EB-3 category will advance by six weeks to Aug. 15, 2013, remaining ahead of the China EB-2 category, which will advance by one month to Sept. 1, 2012, according to the State Department’s April Visa Bulletin.

Other categories show minor advancements. India EB-2 and EB-3 will both advance by three weeks to Nov. 8, 2008 and Aug. 8, 2004, respectively. The Philippines EB-3 category will advance by six weeks to May 1, 2008. The EB-3 category for Mexico and all other countries will advance by six weeks to Feb. 15, 2016.

All other EB-2 categories besides India and China will remain current. All EB-1 categories will remain current.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Category China India Mexico Philippines All Other Countries
EB-1 Current Current Current Current Current
EB-2 Sept. 1, 2012 Nov. 8, 2008 Current Current Current
EB-3 Aug. 15, 2013 Aug. 8, 2004 Feb. 15, 2016 May 1, 2008 Feb. 15, 2016
Other workers Mar. 1, 2007 Aug. 8, 2004 Feb. 15, 2016 May 1, 2008 Feb. 15, 2016

The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for April. Those with priority dates earlier than the dates listed for their category may be eligible to file for adjustment of status in April. Applicants seeking to file for adjustment of status are reminded that the Dates for Filing does not take effect unless U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirms via a web posting in the coming week.

Dates for Filing of Employment-Based Visa Applications:

Preference China India Mexico Philippines All Other Countries
EB-1 Current Current Current Current Current
EB-2 June 1, 2013 July 1, 2009 Current Current Current
EB-3 May 1, 2015 July 1, 2005 Current Jan. 1, 2010 Current
Other workers Aug. 1, 2007 July 1, 2005 Current Jan. 1, 2010 Current

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