The State Department released the March Visa Bulletin, showing priority-date cutoffs will remain the same for all employment-based categories next month. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed that it will follow the State Department’s Dates for Filing chart to determine filing eligibility next month.

Dates for Filing: 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 Sept. 1, 2013.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain current.


  • 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 Sept. 1, 2013 Current Current
EB-3 Current April 1, 2018 Current Jan. 22, 2012 Current Current

Additional Information: USCIS confirmed that it will also use Dates for Filing for family-based applicants, except for F2A category applicants, who may use Final Action Dates.

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