UNITED STATES – January Visa Bulletin: Modest advancement in EB-2, EB-3 categories

​Priority cutoff dates will advance modestly across EB-2 and EB-3 categories, according to the January Visa Bulletin.

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Priority cutoff dates will advance modestly across EB-2 and EB-3 categories, according to the January Visa Bulletin.

Key movements in cutoff dates: 

  • China EB-2 will advance by five weeks to Aug. 8, 2013, while China EB-3 will advance by five weeks to April 15, 2014.
  • India EB-2 will advance by three weeks to Nov. 22, 2008, while India EB-3 will advance by two weeks to Nov. 1, 2006.
  • Philippines EB-3 will advance by one month to Feb. 15, 2016.

Additional notes: All EB-1 categories will remain current, as will all EB-2 categories other than China and India. The EB-3 categories for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Mexico and All Other Chargeability Areas will also remain current.

Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference

China

El Salvador Guatemala Honduras

India

Mexico

Philippines

All Other Countries

EB-1

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

EB-2

Aug. 8, 2013

Current

Nov. 22, 2008

Current

Current

Current

EB-3

April 15, 2014

Current

Nov. 1, 2006

Current

Feb. 15, 2016

Current

The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for January 2017. Applicants seeking to file for adjustment of status are reminded that the Dates for Filing 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 the State Department confirms whether the chart can be used in January.

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

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