Priority-date cutoffs for most employment-based categories based on Final Action Dates will advance modestly next month, according to the State Department’s December 2018 Visa Bulletin.
Additional notes: The EB-4 category for religious workers (other than ministers) and the EB-5 Regional Center (I5 and R5) Immigrant Investor program were renewed last month by Congress under a temporary spending measure that funds Department of Homeland Security operations until Dec. 7, 2018.
Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:
The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for December. Applicants seeking to file for adjustment of status are reminded that the chart does not take effect unless U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirms that it does via a web posting in the coming days. USCIS used the Final Action Dates chart for most of the last fiscal year, but used the Dates for Filing chart in October and November. This may reflect a new trend toward the earlier dates. BAL will update clients once the State Department confirms whether the Dates for Filing chart can be used in December.
Application Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Preference Cases:
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