U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that in February it will only accept employment-based adjustment-of-status applications based on the Application Final Action Dates chart.
The Dates for Filing chart published in the State Department’s February Visa Bulletin will not apply. Employment-based immigrants must follow the Application Final Action Dates chart (below) to determine whether they are eligible to file their adjustment-of-status petitions with USCIS. Only applicants with priority dates earlier than the dates listed in the chart will be permitted to file their applications for adjustment of status in February.
Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:
|Preference||China||El Salvador Guatemala Honduras||India||Mexico||Philippines||All Other Countries|
|EB-2||Oct. 1, 2013||Current||Dec. 8, 2008||Current||Current||Current|
|EB-3||Sept. 15, 2014||Current||Dec. 1, 2006||Current||Mar. 1, 2016||Current|
Family-based immigrants will be permitted to use the Dates for Filing chart applicable to family-sponsored immigrants, which was also published in the February Visa Bulletin.
BAL Analysis: This will affect Chinese and Indian nationals in the second and third preference categories, and Philippine nationals in third preference category. For other nationalities, the categories are current in both the Final Action and Dates for Filing charts for employment-based first, second and third preferences.