Priority-date cutoffs will advance in India EB-2 but remain the same in other employment-based categories next month, according to the State Department’s April Visa Bulletin. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it would use the Dates for Filing chart to determine whether employment-based 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 April 1, 2019.
  • India EB-2 will advance one year to Sept. 1, 2014.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain current.


  • China EB-3 will remain at April 1, 2018.
  • India EB-3 will remain at Jan. 22, 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 Current April 1, 2019 Current Sept. 1, 2014 Current Current
EB-3 Current April 1, 2018 Current Jan. 22, 2012 Current Current

Additional Information: USCIS confirmed that it would also use Dates for Filing for family-based applicants. More information is available here.

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