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

Final Action Dates: Key Movements


  • All countries under EB-1 will remain current.


  • China EB-2 will remain at April 1, 2019.
  • India EB-2 will remain at Dec. 1, 2014.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain current.


  • China EB-3 will advance one month to April 22, 2018.
  • India EB-3 will advance one month to Feb. 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 Current Current Current Current Current
EB-2 Current April 1, 2019 Current Dec. 1, 2014 Current Current
EB-3 Current April 22, 2018 Current Feb. 15, 2012 Current Current

Additional Information: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed it would use the Final Action Dates chart to determine employment-based filing eligibility in August. The Dates for Filing chart will not apply.

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