August Visa Bulletin update: Final Action Dates to determine filing eligibility

14 Jul 17


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that in August 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 August Visa Bulletin will not apply. Employment-based immigrants must follow the Application Final Action Dates chart (below) to determine whether 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 August.

Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference China El Salvador
India Mexico Philippines All Other Countries
EB-1 Jan. 1, 2012 Current Jan. 1, 2012 Current Current Current
EB-2 April 22, 2013 April 1, 2015 July 22, 2008 April 1, 2015 April 1, 2015 April 1, 2015
EB-3 Jan. 1, 2012 Current July 15, 2006 Current June 1, 2015 Current

Family-based immigrants will also be required to use the Final Action Dates chart applicable to family-sponsored immigrants, which was also provided in the August Visa Bulletin.

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

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