Cutoff priority dates will be imposed in the EB-1 categories for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines and All Other Chargeability Areas, according to the State Department’s August Visa Bulletin. China EB-3 will advance significantly, while China EB-2, India EB-3 and Philippines EB-3 will advance more modestly.
Additional notes: All EB-2 categories other than those for China and India will remain current. The EB-3 categories for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Mexico and All Other Chargeability Areas will also remain current.
The imposition of cutoff priority dates in the EB-1 categories listed above, all of which have been current until now, is likely being undertaken to control the number of visas issued between now and the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30. The number of immigrant visas will probably increase again under the 2019 fiscal year’s annual limits.
Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:
The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for August. 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 the State Department confirms whether the chart can be used in August.
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