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The State Department released the July Visa Bulletin, showing retrogression in the employment-based third preference category for all countries except China. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it would use the Final Action Dates chart to determine employment-based filing eligibility for adjustment of status.
Final Action Dates: Key Movement
Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:
Additional Information: USCIS said it would use the Dates for Filing chart for family-based adjustment-of-status applications next month.
BAL Analysis: The June Visa Bulletin warned of possible retrogression in India EB-3. In July’s Visa Bulletin, the State Department said that the retrogression “became necessary” because India’s EB-3 number use has been “consistently robust” and “it is estimated that applicants chargeable to India will use all EB-3 numbers made available to them during this fiscal year.” Likewise, the final action dates for Mexico, the Philippines and Rest of World continued to retrogress due in part to “higher than expected demand from applicants with priority dates earlier than the established final action dates.” Officials said they would continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.
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