January Visa Bulletin: China, India EB-1 categories no longer current, no advancement for other categories

19 Dec 22

UNITED STATES

The State Department released the January Visa Bulletin Monday, showing employment-based priority-date cutoffs will no longer be current for China EB-1 and India EB-1. In other key categories, priority-date cutoffs will remain the same.

Final Action Dates: Key Movements

EB-1

  • China EB-1 will move from current to Feb. 1, 2022.
  • India EB-1 will move from current to Feb. 1, 2022.
  • All countries under EB-1 will remain current.

EB-2

  • China EB-2 will remain at June 8, 2019.
  • India EB-2 will remain at Oct. 8, 2011.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain at Nov. 1, 2022.

EB-3

  • China EB-3 will remain at Aug. 1, 2018.
  • India EB-3 will remain at June 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
EB-1 Current Feb. 1, 2022 Current Feb. 1, 2022 Current Current
EB-2 Nov. 1, 2022 June 8, 2019 Nov. 1, 2022 Oct. 8, 2011 Nov. 1, 2022 Nov. 1, 2022
EB-3 Current Aug. 1, 2018 Current June 15, 2012 Current Current

Dates for Filing: Key Movements

EB-1

  • China EB-1 will move from current to June 1, 2022.
  • India EB-1 will move from current to June 1, 2022.
  • All other countries under EB-1 will remain current.

EB-2

  • China EB-2 will remain at July 8, 2019.
  • India EB-2 will remain at May 1, 2012.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain at Dec. 1, 2022.

EB-3

  • China EB-3 will remain at Sept. 1, 2018.
  • India EB-3 will remain at Aug. 1, 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 June 1, 2022 Current June 1, 2022 Current Current
EB-2 Dec. 1, 2022 July 8, 2019 Dec. 1, 2022 May 1, 2012 Dec. 1, 2022 Dec. 1, 2022
EB-3 Current Sept. 1, 2018 Current Aug. 1, 2012 Current Current

Additional Information: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has not yet announced whether it will use the Final Action Dates or Dates for Filing chart in January. BAL will provide updated information once USCIS announces which chart it will use.

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