November Visa Bulletin: Limited movement in employment-based categories

17 Oct 19

UNITED STATES

Priority-date cutoffs will advance modestly or remain the same in employment-based categories next month, according to the Final Action Dates published Thursday in the November Visa Bulletin. The limited movement comes after more dramatic advancement in a number of categories in the October Visa Bulletin, the first of the fiscal year.

Key movements in the November Visa Bulletin.

EB-1

  • China EB-1 will advance three months to Feb. 1, 2017.
  • India EB-1 will remain at Jan. 1, 2015.
  • All other countries under EB-1 will advance by nearly six weeks to June 1, 2018.

EB-2

  • China EB-2 will advance 2 ½ months to March 15, 2015.
  • India EB-2 will advance one day to May 13, 2009.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain current.

EB-3

  • China EB-3 will remain at Nov. 1, 2015.
  • India EB-3 will remain at Jan. 1, 2009.
  • Philippines EB-3 will advance 3 ½ months to Feb. 1, 2018.
  • All other EB-3 countries will remain current.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference All Other Countries China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines Vietnam
EB-1 June 1, 2018 Feb. 1, 2017 June 1, 2018 Jan. 1, 2015 June 1, 2018 June 1, 2018 June 1, 2018
EB-2 Current Mach 15, 2015 Current May 13, 2009 Current Current Current
EB-3 Current Nov. 1, 2015 Current Jan. 1, 2009 Current Feb. 1, 2018 Current

The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for November. Applicants seeking to file for adjustment of status are reminded that the chart does not take effect unless U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirms that it does via a web posting in the coming days. BAL will update clients once officials confirm whether the chart can be used in November.

Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference All Other Countries China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines
EB-1 July 1, 2019 Sept. 1, 2017 July 1, 2019 March 15, 2017 July 1, 2019 July 1, 2019
EB-2 Current Aug. 1, 2016 Current July 1, 2009 Current Current
EB-3 Current March 1, 2017 Current Feb. 1, 2010 Current Current

 

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