U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that in January it will follow the State Department’s Dates for Filing chart, as published in the January Visa Bulletin, to determine whether applicants are eligible to file for adjustment of status.

Dates for Filing: Key Movements

  • China EB-1 will move from current to June 1, 2022.
  • India EB-1 will move from current to June 1, 2022.
  • All other countries under EB-1 will remain current.


  • China EB-2 will remain at July 8, 2019.
  • India EB-2 will remain at May 1, 2012.
  • El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines and all other countries for EB-2 will remain at Dec. 1, 2022.


  • China EB-3 will remain at Sept. 1, 2018.
  • India EB-3 will remain at Aug. 1, 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 June 1, 2022 Current June 1, 2022 Current Current
EB-2 Dec. 1, 2022 July 8, 2019 Dec. 1, 2022 May 1, 2012 Dec. 1, 2022 Dec. 1, 2022
EB-3 Current Sept. 1, 2018 Current Aug. 1, 2012 Current Current

Additional Information: Family-based applicants may use the Dates for Filing chart next month, according to the USCIS announcement. More information is available here.

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