April Visa Bulletin update: Final Action Dates to determine filing eligibility

17 Mar 17

UNITED STATES

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that in April it will only accept employment-based adjustment-of-status applications based on the Application Final Action Dates chart.

The Dates for Filing chart published in the State Department’s April Visa Bulletin will not apply. Employment-based immigrants must follow the Application Final Action Dates chart (below) to determine whether they are eligible to file their adjustment-of-status petitions with USCIS. Only applicants with priority dates earlier than the dates listed in the chart will be permitted to file their applications for adjustment of status in April.

Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines All Other Countries
EB-1 Current Current Current Current Current Current
EB-2 Jan. 15, 2013 Current June 22, 2008

 

Current Current Current
EB-3 Aug. 15, 2014

 

Feb. 15, 2017 March 24, 2005 Feb. 15, 2017 Sept. 15, 2012 Feb. 15, 2017

Family-based immigrants will be permitted to use the Dates for Filing chart applicable to family-sponsored immigrants, which was also in the April Visa Bulletin.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact BerryApplemanLeiden@balglobal.com.

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