January Visa Bulletin: India EB-2 Final Action Dates to advance; Dates for Filing chart could benefit employment-based applicants

9 Dec 15

UNITED STATES

Application Final Action Dates for Indian nationals in the EB-2 category will advance eight months to Feb. 1, 2008 (from June 1, 2007), according to the State Department’s January Visa Bulletin published today. The cutoff date for EB-2 China will remain at Feb. 1, 2012. All other EB-2 categories will remain current.

Final Action Dates for several countries in the EB-3 category will advance moderately: China will advance by more than two months to July 1, 2012; India will advance by approximately three weeks to May 15, 2004; Mexico will advance by one month to Oct. 1, 2015; the Philippines will advance by three months to Nov. 1, 2007; and all other countries will advance by one month to 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 Feb. 1, 2012 Feb. 1, 2008 Current Current Current
EB-3 July 1, 2012 May 15, 2004 Oct. 1, 2015 Nov. 1, 2007 Oct. 1, 2015
Other Workers Dec. 1, 2006 May 15, 2004 Oct. 1, 2015 Nov. 1, 2007 Oct. 1, 2015

The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for January. Those with priority dates earlier than the date listed for their category may be eligible to file for adjustment of status in January. However, applicants seeking to file for adjustment of status are reminded that this Dates for Filing chart does not control until U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirms it via web posting within 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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