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

15 Feb 17

UNITED STATES

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that in March 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 March Visa Bulletin, will not apply. Employment-based immigrants must follow the Application Final Action Dates chart (below) to determine if 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 March.

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 Dec. 15, 2012 Current June 1, 2008

 

Current Current Current
EB-3 March 15, 2014 Dec. 1, 2016

 

March 22, 2005 Dec. 1, 2016 March 15, 2012 Dec. 1, 2016

Family-based immigrants, however, will be permitted to use the Dates for Filing chart applicable to family-sponsored immigrants, which also is contained in the March 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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