• May Visa Bulletin Update: USCIS to Honor Employment-Based Final Action Dates Only Next Month
  • May 11, 2017
  • 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 under the State Department’s May Visa Bulletin.

    The agency will not accept adjustments under the EB-5 Regional Center program unless it is reauthorized by Congress. The Regional Center program is currently set to expire on April 28, 2017. If there is legislative action extending the program, USCIS will issue an update on acceptance of these cases.

    Employment-Based Priority Date Cut-offs for May 2017

    To be eligible to file an employment-based adjustment application in May, 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: February 8, 2013
    India: June 22, 2008
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: October 1, 2014
    India: March 25, 2005
    Philippines: January 1, 2013
    All other countries: March 15, 2017

    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: March 8, 2006
    India: March 25, 2005
    Philippines: January 1, 2013
    All other countries: March 15, 2017

    EB-5 Non-Regional Center
    China: June 1, 2014
    Current for all other countries.

    EB-5 Regional Center
    Unavailable for all countries in May unless reauthorized by Congress.