Priority-date cutoffs remain the same next month for all countries under the EB-2 and EB-3 categories next month, according to the State Department’s September Visa Bulletin. China EB-1 and India EB-1 will advance by three weeks.

Key dates:


  • China EB-1 and India EB- 1 will advance three weeks to March 1, 2018.
  • All other countries under EB-1 will remain current.


  • China EB-2 will remain at Jan. 15, 2016.
  • India EB-2 will remain at July 8, 2009.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain current.


  • China EB-3 will remain at Feb. 15, 2017.
  • India EB-3 will remain at Oct. 1, 2009.
  • The date cutoff for all other countries will remain at to April 1, 2019.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference All Other Countries China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines Vietnam
EB-1 Current March 1, 2018 Current March 1, 2018 Current Current Current
EB-2 Current Jan. 15, 2016 Current July 8, 2009 Current Current Current
EB-3 April 1, 2019 Feb. 15, 2017 April 1, 2019 Oct. 1, 2009 April 1, 2019 April 1, 2019 April 1, 2019

The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for September. Applicants seeking to file for adjustment of status are reminded that the chart does not take effect unless U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirms that it does via a web posting in the coming days. BAL will update clients once officials confirm whether the chart can be used.

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