United States: July Visa Bulletin Update: Final Action Dates to determine eligibility

​ U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that in July it will only accept employment-based adjustment-of-status applications based on the Application Final Action Dates chart.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that in July it will only accept employment-based adjustment-of-status applications based on the Application Final Action Dates chart.

The Dates for Filing chart, published in the State Department’s July Visa Bulletin, will not apply. Employment-based immigrants must follow the Application Final Action Dates chart (below) to determine if they are eligible to file their adjustment-of-status petitions with USCIS. 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 July.

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

Jan 1, 2010

Current

Nov. 1, 2004

Current

Current

Current

EB-3

Jan 1, 2010

March 1, 2016

Oct. 22, 2004

March 1, 2016

Feb. 15, 2009

March 1, 2016

Family-based immigrants will be required to use the Final Action Dates chart applicable to family-sponsored immigrants, which is contained in the July Visa Bulletin.

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

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