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

16 Jul 19

UNITED STATES

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 August 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 August.

Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Category China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines Vietnam All Other Countries
EB-1 July 1, 2016 July 1, 2016 Jan. 1, 2015 July 1, 2016 July 1, 2016 July 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
EB-2 Jan. 1, 2017 Jan. 1, 2017 May 2, 2009 Jan. 1, 2017 Jan. 1, 2017 Jan. 1, 2017 Jan. 1, 2017
EB-3 July 1, 2016 July 1, 2016 Jan. 1, 2006 July 1, 2016 July 1, 2016 July 1, 2016 July 1, 2016

USCIS also announced that family-based immigrants will be permitted to use the Dates for Filing chart for most categories in August.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@balglobal.com.

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