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The State Department released the October Visa Bulletin Monday, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it would use the Dates for Filing chart for most employment-based filings. The switch from Final Action Dates to Dates for Filing means that priority-date cutoffs will advance in key employment-based categories for filing in October.
Key movements in October:
Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Preference Cases:
Additional Information: The Visa Bulletin stated that in the coming months all countries under EB-1 are expected to remain current. China EB-2 and India EB-2 could see movement of “up to several months,” while EB-2 worldwide is expected to remain current. The Visa Bulletin also said that China EB-3 and India EB-3 could see retrogression as soon as November and that final action dates could be imposed as soon as November for countries under EB-3 that are now current.
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