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

Key movements in July: 


  • All countries under EB-1 will remain current.


  • China EB-2 will advance seven months to Dec. 1, 2017.
  • India EB-2 will advance six months to June 1, 2011.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain current.


  • China EB-3 will advance four months to Jan. 1, 2019.
  • India EB-3 will advance one year and two months to Jan. 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 Dec. 1, 2017 Current June 1, 2011 Current Current Current
EB-3 Current Jan. 1, 2019 Current Jan. 1, 2013 Current Current Current

The State Department also released its Dates for Filing Chart for July. 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 after the Visa Bulletin is released.

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