United States: August Visa Bulletin: USCIS to Honor Employment-Based Final Action Dates Only Next Month

In August, USCIS will only accept employment-based adjustment applications from foreign nationals with a priority date that is current for final action under the State Department's August Visa Bulletin.

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USCIS has determined that, next month, it will only accept employment-based adjustment of status applications from foreign nationals with a priority date that is current for final action according to the State Department's August Visa Bulletin.


Employer-sponsored foreign nationals with a priority date that makes them eligible for filing, but not final action, will not be able to submit an adjustment application next month. As a reminder, cutoff dates for final issuance of an immigrant visa will be imposed for EB-1 India and China and for EB-2 Worldwide.

Employment-Based Final Action Dates for August 2016

To be eligible to file an employment-based adjustment application in August, employer-sponsored foreign nationals must have a priority date that is earlier than the date listed below for their preference category and country.

EB-1

China: January 1, 2010
India: January 1, 2010
All other countries: Current

EB-2

China: January 1, 2010
India: November 15, 2004
All other countries: February 1, 2014


EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
China: January 1, 2010
India: November 8, 2004
Philippines: May 15, 2009
All other countries: March 15, 2016

EB-3 Other Workers
China: January 1, 2004
India: November 8, 2004
Philippines: May 15, 2009
All other countries: March 15, 2016

EB-5
China: February 15, 2014
Current for all other countries and subcategories.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Worldwide.
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