December Visa Bulletin update: Modest advancement in most categories, retrogression in India EB-3 Dates for Filing cutoff

20 Nov 20

UNITED STATES

Priority-date cutoffs will advance modestly in most key employment-based categories, but the Dates for Filing cutoff for India EB-3 will retrogress by one year, according to the State Department’s December Visa Bulletin.

Final Action Dates: Key Movements

EB-1

  • China EB-1 and India EB-1 will advance four months to April 1, 2019
  • All other countries under EB-1 will remain current.

EB-2

  • China EB-2 will advance eight days to May 1, 2016
  • India EB-2 will advance eight days to Oct. 1, 2009.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain current.

EB-3

  • China EB-3 will advance one month to Nov. 1, 2017
  • India EB-3 will advance 15 days to March 15, 2010.
  • All other countries under EB-3 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 Current April 1, 2019 Current April 1, 2019 Current Current Current
EB-2 Current May 1, 2016 Current Oct. 1, 2009 Current Current Current
EB-3 Current Nov. 1, 2017 Current March 15, 2010 Current Current Current

Dates for Filing: Key Movements

EB-1

  • China EB-1 and India EB- 1 will advance two months to Nov. 1, 2020.
  • All other countries under EB-1 will remain current.

EB-2

  • China EB-2 will remain at Oct. 1, 2016.
  • India EB-2 will remain at May 15, 2011.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain current.

EB-3

  • China EB-3 will remain at June 1, 2018.
  • India EB-3 will retrogress one year to Jan. 1, 2014.
  • All other countries under EB-3 will remain current.

Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference All Other Countries China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines
EB-1 Current Nov. 1, 2020 Current Nov. 1, 2020 Current Current
EB-2 Current Oct. 1, 2016 Current May 15, 2011 Current Current
EB-3 Current June 1, 2018 Current Jan. 1, 2014 Current Current


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will announce soon via a web posting whether it will use the Final Action Dates or Dates for Filing chart. BAL will update clients once officials confirm whether the chart can be used.

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