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

17 Jun 19

UNITED STATES

IMPACT – MEDIUM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that next month it will only accept employment-based adjustment-of-status applications based on the Final Action Dates chart that was publish in the State Department’s July Visa Bulletin.

The Dates for Filing chart will not apply. Employment-based immigrants must follow the Final Action Dates chart (below) to determine filing eligibility. 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 July.

Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Category China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines Vietnam All Other Countries
EB-1 May 8, 2017 April 22, 2018 Jan. 1, 2015 April 22, 2018 April 22, 2018 April 22, 2018 April 22, 2018
EB-2 Nov. 1, 2016 Current April 24, 2009 Current Current Current Current
EB-3 Jan. 1, 2016 Current July 1, 2009 Current Current Current Current

USCIS also announced that family-based immigrants will be permitted to use the Dates for Filing chart that is applicable to family-sponsored immigrants in July. The Dates for Filing chart for family-based immigrants was also published in the July 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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