U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that in December it will follow the State Department’s Dates for Filing chart, as published in the December Visa Bulletin, to determine whether applicants are eligible to file for adjustment of status.

Dates for Filing: Key Movements


  • All countries under EB-1 will remain current.


  • China EB-2 will remain at July 8, 2019.
  • India EB-2 will remain at May 1, 2012.
  • El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines and all other countries for EB-2 will change from current to Dec. 1, 2022.


  • China EB-3 will advance over a month to Sept. 1, 2018.
  • India EB-3 will advance one month to Aug. 1, 2012.
  • All other countries under EB-3 will remain current.

Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference All Other Countries China El Salvador Guatemala Honduras India Mexico Philippines
EB-1 Current Current Current Current Current Current
EB-2 Dec. 1, 2022 July 8, 2019 Dec. 1, 2022 May 1, 2012 Dec. 1, 2022 Dec. 1, 2022
EB-3 Current Sept. 1, 2018 Current Aug. 1, 2012 Current Current

Additional Information:
The Dates for Filing chart will also be used for family-based applicants next month. More information is available here.

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