May Visa Bulletin Update: Final Action Dates to determine filing eligibility

19 Apr 16


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has confirmed that in May 2016 it will only accept employment-based adjustment-of-status applications according to the Application Final Action Dates chart.

The Dates for Filing chart, published in the State Department’s May Visa Bulletin, will not apply. Employment-based immigrants must follow the Application Final Action Dates chart (below) to determine if 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 May.

Family-based immigrants may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart applicable to family-sponsored applicants, as provided in the May Visa Bulletin.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines All Other Countries


EB-1 Current Current Current Current Current Current
EB-2 Sept. 1, 2012 Current Nov. 22, 2008 Current Current Current
EB-3 Aug. 15, 2013 Feb. 15, 2016 Sept. 1, 2004 Feb. 15, 2016 Aug. 8, 2008 Feb. 15, 2016


Other workers April 22, 2007 Feb. 15, 2016 Sept. 1, 2004 Feb. 15, 2016 Aug. 8, 2008 Feb. 15, 2016

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