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

15 Mar 19

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 Final Action Dates chart, as published in the State Department’s April Visa Bulletin.

The Dates for Filing chart, also published in visa bulletin, will not apply. Employment-based immigrants must follow the Final Action Dates chart (below) to determine filing eligibility. 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.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Category China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines Vietnam All Other Countries
EB-1 Feb. 22, 2017 Feb. 1, 2018 Feb. 22, 2017 Feb. 1, 2018 Feb. 1, 2018 Feb. 1, 2018 Feb. 1, 2018
EB-2 April 1, 2016 Current April 12, 2009 Current Current Current Current
EB-3 Aug. 1, 2015 Current June 22, 2009 Current March 1, 2018 Current Current

USCIS also announced that family-based immigrants will be permitted to use the Dates for Filing chart applicable to family-sponsored immigrants in April.

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

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