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

20 Apr 17

UNITED STATES

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that in May 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 May 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 May.

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 Feb. 8, 2013 Current June 22, 2008 Current Current Current
EB-3 Oct. 1, 2014

 

March 15, 2017 March 25, 2005 March 15, 2017 Jan. 1, 2013 March 15, 2017

Family-based immigrants will also be required to use the Final Action Dates chart applicable to family-sponsored immigrants, which was also in the May 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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