December Visa Bulletin: Modest advancement or no movement in key categories

15 Nov 21

UNITED STATES

Priority-date cutoffs will advance modestly or remain the same in key employment-based categories next month, according to the State Department’s December Visa Bulletin.

Final Action Dates: Key Movements

EB-1

  • All countries under EB-1 will remain current.

EB-2

  • China EB-2 will advance six weeks to Jan. 1, 2019.
  • India EB-2 will advance five months to May 1, 2012.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain current.

EB-3

  • China EB-3 will remain at March 22, 2018.
  • India EB-3 will remain at Jan. 15, 2012.
  • All other countries under EB-3 will remain current.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference All Other Countries China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines Vietnam
EB-1 Current Current Current Current Current Current Current
EB-2 Current Jan. 1, 2019 Current May 1, 2012 Current Current Current
EB-3 Current March 22, 2018 Current Jan. 15, 2012 Current Current Current

Dates for Filing: Key Movements

EB-1

  • All countries under EB-1 will remain current.

EB-2

  • China EB-2 will advance 2 months to April 1, 2019.
  • India EB-2 will advance six months to July 8, 2013.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain current.

EB-3

  • China EB-3 will remain at April 1, 2018.
  • India EB-3 will remain at Jan. 22, 2012.
  • All other countries under EB-3 will remain current.

Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference All Other Countries China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines
EB-1 Current Current Current Current Current Current
EB-2 Current April 1, 2019 Current July 8, 2013 Current Current
EB-3 Current April 1, 2018 Current Jan. 22, 2012 Current Current

Additional Information: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will announce soon via a web posting whether it will use the Final Action Dates or Dates for Filing chart in December. BAL will update clients as information becomes available.

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

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