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

Key movements in August: 


  • All countries under EB-1 will remain current.


  • China EB-2 will advance four months to April 1, 2018.
  • India EB-2 will remain at June 1, 2011.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain current.


  • China EB-3 will advance one week to Jan. 8, 2019.
  • India EB-3 will advance six months to July 1, 2013.
  • 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 April 1, 2018 Current June 1, 2011 Current Current Current
EB-3 Current Jan. 8, 2019 Current July 1, 2013 Current Current Current

Additional Information: The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for August. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will announce in the coming days which chart will control filing eligibility next month.

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