The State Department released the September Visa Bulletin Tuesday, showing modest or no movement in key employment-based categories. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed it would use the Final Action Dates chart to determine employment-based filing eligibility for adjustment of status.

Final Action Dates: Key Movements


  • China EB-1 will remain at Feb. 1, 2022.
  • India EB-1 will remain at Jan. 1, 2012.
  • All other countries under EB-1 will remain at Aug. 1, 2023.


  • China EB-2 will remain at July 8, 2019.
  • India EB-2 will remain at Jan. 1, 2011.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will advance three months to July 1, 2022.


  • China EB-3 will advance three months to Sept. 1, 2019.
  • India EB-3 will remain at Jan. 1, 2009.
  • All other countries under EB-3 will remain at May 1, 2020.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference All Other Countries China India Mexico Philippines
EB-1 Aug. 1, 2023 Feb. 1, 2022 Jan. 1, 2012 Aug. 1, 2023 Aug. 1, 2023
EB-2 July 1, 2022 July 8, 2019 Jan. 1, 2011 July 1, 2022 July 1, 2022
EB-3 May 1, 2020 Sept.  1, 2019 Jan. 1, 2009 May 1, 2020 May 1, 2020

BAL Analysis:
The lack of movement in most categories in the September Visa Bulletin follows dramatic retrogression in India EB-1 and some other categories in the August Visa Bulletin. As a reminder, priority-date cutoffs in some key categories are likely to advance in October, when additional visas become available at the start of the 2024 fiscal year; however, movement of priority-date cutoffs depends on several factors, including visa demand and the employment-based visa limit for the upcoming fiscal year. BAL will continue following the Visa Bulletin and will provide updates as information becomes available.

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