Priority cutoff dates will retrogress significantly in key employment-based categories, according to the Final Action Dates chart published Thursday in the State Department’s September Visa Bulletin.
New cutoff dates in China EB-1, China EB-3, and India EB-3, all of which retrogressed, will take effect immediately. Visas in the India EB-1 category are unavailable for the remainder of the fiscal year. And India EB-2 will remain ahead of India EB-3 in September for the second straight month.
Additional notes: Visas will be unavailable in the EB-4 category for religious workers (other than ministers). EB-5 categories will remain current for all countries other than China, India and Vietnam. China I5 and R5 and Vietnam I5 and R5 will have a final action date of Oct. 22, 2014. India I5 and R5 will have a final action date of Sept. 17, 2017.
Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:
The State Department also released its Dates for Filing chart for September. Applicants are reminded that the Dates for Filing 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 Analysis: The State Department cited high demand for the retrogression in employment-based categories, and said “it is likely” that additional “corrective action will also be required” before the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. The retrogression is most likely temporary, however. The State Department said that “every effort will be made to return these final action dates to (at least) the dates which had originally been announced for August.”
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