Priority cutoff dates for India EB-2, China EB-2 and most EB-3 categories will advance modestly next month, according to the State Department’s March Visa Bulletin.

Key movements in priority cutoff dates:

  • China EB-2 will advance by one month to Dec. 15, 2012, while China EB-3 will advance by 5 ½ months to March 15, 2014.
  • India EB-2 will advance by 1 ½  months to June 1, 2008, while India EB-3 will remain at March 22, 2005.
  • The Philippines EB-3 category will advance by five months to March 15, 2012.
  • EB-3 categories for Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and All Other Chargeability Areas will advance by two months to Dec. 1, 2016.

Additional notes: All EB-1 categories will remain current. All EB-2 categories other than India and China will also remain current.

Application 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 Dec. 15, 2012 Current June 1, 2008


Current Current Current
EB-3 March 15, 2014 Dec. 1, 2016


March 22, 2005 Dec. 1, 2016 March 15, 2012 Dec. 1, 2016

The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for March 2017. Applicants seeking to file for adjustment of status are reminded that the chart does not take effect unless USCIS confirms it via a web posting. BAL will update clients once the State Department confirms whether the chart can be used in March.

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