U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that in August it will accept employment-based applications for adjustment of status based on the State Department’s Final Action Dates chart.

The Dates for Filing chart published in the August Visa Bulletin will not apply. Employment-based immigrants must follow the Final Action Dates chart (below) to determine whether they are eligible to file their petitions for adjustment of status with USCIS.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference All Other Countries China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines Vietnam
EB-1 Current Current Current Current Current Current Current
EB-2 Current April 1, 2018 Current June 1, 2011 Current Current Current
EB-3 Current Jan. 1, 2019 Current July 1, 2013 Current Current Current

Additional Information: August will mark the eighth time this fiscal year that USCIS will use Final Action Dates for employment-based adjustment-of-status applications. Family-based applicants may use the applicable Dates for Filing chart, except for F2A category applicants, who may use Final Action Dates.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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