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

11 Aug 17

UNITED STATES

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

Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines All Other Countries
EB-1 Jan. 1, 2012 Current Jan. 1, 2012 Current Current Current
EB-2 May 15, 2013 Jan. 1, 2016 Aug. 22, 2008 Jan. 1, 2016 Jan. 1, 2016 Jan. 1, 2016
EB-3 Jan. 1, 2012 Current Oct. 15, 2006 Current Nov. 1, 2015 Current

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