• March Visa Bulletin Update: USCIS to Honor Employment-Based Final Action Dates Only Next Month
  • April 24, 2016
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • 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 March 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, despite the State Department announcing significant advancements in the cutoff dates for filing eligibility.

    Employment-Based Final Action Dates for March 2016

    To be eligible to file an employment-based adjustment application in March, 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
    Current for all countries.
     
    EB-2
    China: August 1, 2012
    India: October 15, 2008
    All other countries: Current
     
    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: June 1, 2013
    India: July 15, 2004
    Philippines: March 15, 2008
    All other countries: January 1, 2016
     
    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: February 1, 2007
    India: July 15, 2004
    Philippines: March 15, 2008
    All other countries: January 1, 2016
     
    EB-5
    China: January 22, 2014
    Current for all other countries and subcategories.