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Priority-date cutoffs will retrogress in all EB-3 categories except for India and China, according to the Final Action Dates published Tuesday in the State Department’s March Visa Bulletin. Date cutoffs in other categories will see modest advancement.
Key movements in the March Visa Bulletin:
Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:
The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for March. 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 in the coming days. BAL will update clients once officials confirm whether the chart can be used. The State Department’s Charlie Oppenheim has indicated that Final Action Dates will likely be used on the EB-3 Worldwide and EB-3 Other Workers Worldwide starting in March.
Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Preference Cases:
Additional notes: The EB-3 categories retrogressed after the February Visa Bulletin predicted they would unless there was “a sudden and dramatic decrease” in demand. This month’s bulletin says that the Jan. 1, 2017 cutoff date was imposed in order to keep the number of visas within the maximum allowed for the current fiscal year. The bulletin said that, “No forward movement of this date is expected in the foreseeable future.”
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