For the month of September, final action dates for several employment-based visa categories retrogressed. This is hardly surprising as t
For the month of September, final action dates for several employment-based visa categories retrogressed. This is hardly surprising as these retrogressions are to ensure that the number of immigrant visas granted is within the annual quota for FY 2018 which comes to an end this month. As such, priority date cut-offs for October 2018 bulletin (which marks the beginning of the FY 2019) are expected to return to those of August 2018.
The retrogressions witnessed in the September 2018 bulletin are effective until September 30, 2018.
For September, major changes include
For the Employment-based preference filings in September, final action dates must be used.
The EB-1 category - EB-1 priority date cut-offs for India and China stay the same at January 1, 2012. For the rest of the world, EB-1 priority dates move by a month to June 1, 2016
The EB-2 category - EB-2 priority date cut-off for India retrogresses to January 1, 2007. For the rest of the world including China, EB-2 cut-off dates retrogress to January 1, 2013.
The EB-3 category - In this category, China is the only country to witness an advancement in EB-3 cut-off date. Cut-off dates for EB-3 for all countries except India and China retrogress by 4 months to November 1, 2016. India retrogresses to January 1, 2003, and China advances to November 1, 2014.
The EB-3 (Other Workers) category - India’s date retrogresses to January 1, 2003, while China’s EB-3 cut-off date stays at May 1, 2007. For the rest of the world, the new EB-3 final action date is November 1, 2016, a retrogression.
The EB-4 category - Dates for India, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador advances by a week to February 15, 2016. China’s date remains current. All other areas date also remains current.
The EB-5 category - Dates for China and Vietnam moves by a week to August 8, 2014. The rest of the world remains current.
Summary of Family-Based Preference Categories
For the Family-Based Preference filings in September, date of filing must be used.
In September 2018, the Final Action Dates must be used when filing.
EB-3 (Other Workers)
EB-4 Category including Certain Religious Workers
Family-Sponsored Preference Cases - Dates for Filing, September 2018
In September 2018, the Dates for Filing must be used as priority dates for family-sponsored preference cases.
USCIS. (2018). When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Preference Visas: September 2018.
USCIS. (2018). Adjustment of Status Filing Charts from the Visa Bulletin. Retrieved August 29, 2018
Released every month, the USCIS releases a visa bulletin. This bulletin informs immigrant visa applicants if they are qualified to submit the necessary documentation and application. For the month