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Priority-date cutoffs will see minimal or no advancement in most employment-based categories next month, according to the Final Action Dates published Friday in the State Department’s February Visa Bulletin.
Key movements in the February Visa Bulletin:
Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:
The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for February. 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 in January.
Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Preference Cases:
Additional notes: The Visa Bulletin said that because of consistently high demand this fiscal year EB-3 Worldwide could retrogress in March if there is not “a sudden and dramatic decrease” in demand. In EB-1, the trend seems to be moving in the opposite direction—at least for countries other than China and India. Last month, the State Department’s Charlie Oppenheim told the American Immigration Lawyers Association that EB-1 demand for all countries other than China and India has tapered off in recent months and that these categories could potentially become current by the summer.
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