The State Department released the March Visa Bulletin, showing no movement in key employment-based categories next month. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it would use the Dates for Filing chart for employment-based filings.

Dates for Filing: Key Movements


  • China EB-1 will remain at June 1, 2022.
  • India EB-1 will remain at 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.
  • All other countries under 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 also use the Dates for Filing chart next month, according to the USCIS announcement. More information is available here.

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