• March Visa Bulletin Update: USCIS to Honor Employment-Based Final Action Dates Only Next Month
  • March 29, 2018
  • In March, 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 March Visa Bulletin.

    The situation

    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 March Visa Bulletin.

    As a reminder, the EB-4 Non-Minister Religious Worker and EB-5 Regional Center programs are set to expire on March 23, 2018 under a temporary federal spending measure passed on February 9, 2018. Unless Congress reauthorizes these programs or passes another temporary spending measure, immigrant visas in the EB-4 and EB-5 subcategories will become unavailable later in March. The EB-5 non-Regional Center program will not be affected.

    Employment-Based Priority Date Cut-offs for March 2018

    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.

    FINAL ACTION CUT-OFF DATES FOR MARCH 2018

    EB-1

    Current for all countries


    EB-2

    China: December 8, 2013

    India: December 15, 2008

    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

    China: November 15, 2014

    India: January 1, 2007

    Philippines: May 1, 2016

    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Other Workers

    China: March 1, 2007

    India: January 1, 2007

    Philippines: May 1, 2016

    All other countries: Current

    EB-4*

    El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: December 1, 2015

    Mexico: July 1, 2016

    All other countries: Current

    * The EB-4 Non-Religious Worker program may become unavailable for all countries on March 23, 2018 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 on March 23, 2018 unless Congress reauthorizes it.

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