Priority-date cutoffs will advance in key employment-based categories next month, according to the State Department’s April Visa Bulletin.

Key Movements in Final Action Dates in April: 


  • China EB-1 and India EB-1 will become current after having a date cutoff of Aug. 1, 2020, in March.
  • All other countries under EB-1 will remain current.


  • China EB-2 will advance one and a half months to Sept. 1, 2016.
  • India EB-2 will advance three and a half months to May 1, 2010.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain current.


  • China EB-3 will advance five weeks to March 15, 2018.
  • India EB-3 will advance two months to Sept. 1, 2010.
  • All other countries under EB-3 will remain current.

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 Sept. 1, 2016 Current May 1, 2010 Current Current Current
EB-3 Current March 15, 2018 Current Sept. 1, 2010 Current Current Current

The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for April. 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.

USICS used Final Action Dates in January, February and March after using Dates for Filing for the first three months of the fiscal year.

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