The U.S. State Department released the June Visa Bulletin, showing no advancement in most key employment-based categories. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed that in June it will use Final Action Dates to determine filing eligibility.

India EB-3 advanced by one week to Aug. 22, 2012. Other priority dates remained unchanged.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

Preference All Other Countries China India Mexico Philippines
EB-1 Current Sept. 1, 2022 March 1, 2021 Current Current
EB-2   Jan. 15, 2023   Feb. 1, 2020   April 15, 2012   Jan. 15, 2023   Jan. 15, 2023
EB-3   Nov. 22, 2022   Sept. 1, 2020   Aug. 22, 2012   Nov. 22, 2022   Nov. 22, 2022

 

Additional Information: June will mark the fourth straight month that USCIS will use Final Action Dates to determine employment-based filing eligibility. The agency will continue to use Dates for Filing to determine family-based eligibility. In the April Visa Bulletin, the State Department said it anticipated “very little to no forward movement” in the coming months. In the June Visa Bulletin, the State Department said that because of high demand in the employment second and third categories, worldwide Final Action Dates (including Mexico and the Philippines) will likely retrogress in the next Visa Bulletin.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group.

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