February Visa Bulletin: India EB-2 final action dates to advance 6 months; China, India, Philippines to see modest advancements in EB-3 category

8 Jan 16

UNITED STATES

Application Final Action Dates for Indian nationals in the EB-2 category will advance six months to Aug. 1, 2008, according to the State Department’s February Visa Bulletin, which was released today. The cutoff date for EB-2 China will advance by one month to March 1, 2012. All other EB-2 categories will remain current.

In the EB-3 category, final action dates for China, India and the Philippines will advance modestly. EB-3 China will advance three months to Oct. 1, 2012; India will advance one month to June 15, 2004; the Philippines will advance by just over two months to Jan. 8, 2008. EB-3 Mexico and all other countries will see no advancement, with the final action date holding at Oct. 1, 2015.

All EB-1 categories will remain current.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference China India Mexico Philippines All Other Countries
EB-1 Current Current Current Current Current
EB-2 March 1, 2012 Aug. 1, 2008 Current Current Current
EB-3 Oct. 1, 2012 June 15, 2004 Oct. 1, 2015 Jan. 8, 2008 Oct. 1, 2015
Other workers Dec. 22, 2006 June 15, 2004 Oct. 1, 2015 Jan. 8, 2008 Oct. 1, 2015

The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for February. Those with priority dates earlier than the date listed for their category may be eligible to file for adjustment of status in February. Applicants seeking to file for adjustment of status are reminded that dates for filing do not control the process unless U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirms they do 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 Jan. 1, 2013 July 1, 2009 Current Current Current
EB-3 Oct. 1, 2013 July 1, 2005 Jan. 1, 2016 Jan. 1, 2010 Jan. 1, 2016
Other workers Jan. 1, 2007 July 1, 2005 Jan. 1, 2016 Jan. 1, 2010 Jan. 1, 2016

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