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

Final Action Dates in May: 


  • All countries under EB-1 will remain current.


  • China EB-2 will advance three months to Dec 1, 2016.
  • India EB-2 will advance three months Aug. 1, 2010.
  • All other countries under EB-2 will remain current.


  • China EB-3 will advance two months to May 15, 2018.
  • India EB-3 will advance five months to Feb. 1, 2011.
  • 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, 2016 Current Aug. 1, 2010 Current Current Current
EB-3 Current May 15, 2018 Current Feb. 1, 2011 Current Current Current

The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for May. 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.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact