Priority-date cutoff dates for most employment-based categories will advance modestly next month, according to the Final Action Dates chart published in the May 2019 Visa Bulletin.

Key movements:


  • China EB-1 and India EB-1 will not move, with both categories remaining at Feb. 22, 2017.
  • All other EB-1 categories will advance one month to March 1, 2018.


  • China EB-2 will advance six weeks to May 15, 2016.
  • India EB-2 will advance four days to April 16, 2009.
  • All other EB-2 countries will remain current.


  • China EB-3 will advance three weeks to Aug. 22, 2015.
  • India EB-3 will advance nine days to July 1, 2009 .
  • The Philippines EB-3 will advance three months to June 1, 2018.
  • All other EB-3 countries will remain current.

Additional notes: The EB-4 category for religious workers (other than ministers) and the EB-5 Regional Center (I5 and R5) Immigrant Investor program will be funded through the remainder of the fiscal year under the budget bill President Donald Trump signed in February. The EB-4 category will remain current for May for all countries except El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, which will be subject to a March 8, 2016 final action date, and Mexico, which will be subject to an Aug. 1, 2018 date. In the EB-5 category, final action dates will remain current in May for all countries except China I5 and R5, which will be subject to a Sept. 22, 2014 final action date, and Vietnam I5 and R5, which will be subject to a Sept. 22, 2016 final action date.

Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Category China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines Vietnam All Other Countries
EB-1 Feb. 22, 2017 March 1, 2018 Feb. 22, 2017 March 1, 2018 March 1, 2018 March 1, 2018 March 1, 2018
EB-2 May 15, 2016 Current April 16, 2009 Current Current Current Current
EB-3 Aug. 22, 2015 Current July 1, 2009 Current June 1, 2018 Current Current

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed that it will only accept employment-based adjustment-of-status applications based on the Final Action Dates chart in May. The Dates for Filing chart, also published in visa bulletin, will not apply.

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