• USCIS to Honor Employment-Based Final Action Dates Only Next Month
  • January 11, 2018
  • Executive Summary

    • In January, 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 January Visa Bulletin.
    • Adjustments for the EB-4 Non-Minister Religious Worker and EB-5 Regional Center programs will not be accepted unless the programs are reauthorized by Congress.

    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 January Visa Bulletin.

    The EB-4 Non-Minister Religious Worker and EB-5 Regional Center programs are set to expire on December 22, 2017 under a temporary federal spending measure signed into law on December 7, 2017. Unless Congress reauthorizes these programs or passes another temporary spending measure, USCIS will not accept applications under these subcategories next month.

    Employment-Based Priority Date Cut-offs for January 2018

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

    FINAL ACTION CUT-OFF DATES FOR JANUARY 2018

    EB-1

    Current for all countries

    EB-2

    China: August 8, 2013

    India: November 22, 2008

    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

    China: April 15, 2014

    India: November 1, 2006

    Philippines: February 15, 2016

    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Other Workers

    China: December 22, 2006

    India: November 1, 2006

    Philippines: February 15, 2016

    All other countries: Current

    EB-4*

    El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: December 1, 2015

    Mexico: June 1, 2016

    All other countries: Current

    *The EB-4 Non-Religious Worker program may become unavailable for all countries after December 22, 2017 unless Congress reauthorizes it.

    EB-5*

    China: July 22, 2014

    Current for all other countries and subcategories

    *The Regional Center program may become unavailable for all countries after December 22, 2017 unless Congress reauthorizes it.