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Priority-date cutoff dates for most employment-based categories will advance modestly next month, according to the Final Action Dates chart published in the May 2019 Visa Bulletin.
Additional notes: The EB-4 category for religious workers (other than ministers) and the EB-5 Regional Center (I5 and R5) Immigrant Investor program will be funded through the remainder of the fiscal year under the budget bill President Donald Trump signed in February. The EB-4 category will remain current for May for all countries except El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, which will be subject to a March 8, 2016 final action date, and Mexico, which will be subject to an Aug. 1, 2018 date. In the EB-5 category, final action dates will remain current in May for all countries except China I5 and R5, which will be subject to a Sept. 22, 2014 final action date, and Vietnam I5 and R5, which will be subject to a Sept. 22, 2016 final action date.
Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed that it will only accept employment-based adjustment-of-status applications based on the Final Action Dates chart in May. The Dates for Filing chart, also published in visa bulletin, will not apply.
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