Visa Bulletin update: Final Action Dates to be used for employment-based applicants in May

20 Apr 21


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that in May it will accept employment-based applications for adjustment of status based on the State Department’s Final Action Dates chart.

The Dates for Filing chart published in the May Visa Bulletin will not apply. Employment-based immigrants must follow the Final Action Dates chart (below) to determine whether they are eligible to file their petitions for adjustment of status with USCIS.

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 Dec. 1, 2016 Current Aug. 1, 2010 Current Current Current
EB-3 Current May 15, 2018 Current Feb. 1, 2011 Current Current Current

Additional Information: May will mark the fifth time this fiscal year that USCIS will use Final Action Dates for employment-based adjustment-of-status applications. Family-based applicants may use the applicable Dates for Filing chart, except for F2A category applicants, who may use Final Action Dates.

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

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