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May 2019 Visa Bulletin Updates

The Department of State May 2019 Visa Bulletin shows movement in employment-based categories. The EB-1 category will advance one month in all countries, moving up the cutoff date to March 1, 2018, except China and India, whose dates remain the same at Feb. 22, 2017. The EB-2 category will remain current for all countries except China, advancing to May 15, 2016, and India, advancing to April 16, 2009. Although most countries will remain current on the EB-3 category, China will advance to August 22, 2015; India will advance to July 1, 2009; and the Philippines will advance to June 1, 2018. Notably, India’s final action date in the EB-3 category continues to surpass the EB-2 category, leaving EB-3 India with a more favorable final action date than that of EB-2 India.

The EB-4 dates will remain current for most countries except El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, which will remain the same at March 8, 2016, and Mexico, which will advance to Aug. 1, 2018. For those in the EB-5 category, the priority date remains current for all applicants except those born in mainland China, where the cutoff date will advance one week from Sept. 15, 2014, to Sept. 22, 2014; Vietnam will move forward one month from Aug. 22, 2016, to Sept. 22, 2016.

For those seeking to adjust status based on employment-based preference filings, The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website indicates that the department’s Final Action Dates chart must be used for filing Form I-485 for May 2019. In January 2019, USCIS allowed the filing of adjustment of status applications based on the Dates for Filing chart, but has since reverted to the use of Final Action Dates. We will closely monitor the developments and advise once USCIS resumes the use of Dates for Filing chart for employment-based adjustment of status filings.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases May 2019


Dates for Filing of Employment-Based Visa Applications

Dates for Filing of Employment-Based Visa Applications May 2019


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Robert Maples, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Government Policy

Robert Y. Maples is experienced in the Washington, D.C. federal, state and public affairs arenas. He has also been an advocate for building pragmatic alliances to resolve major social issues and has pioneered strategies for addressing complex public affairs crises in collaborative versus confrontational contexts. He continues his advocacy of pragmatic alliances in furtherance of client/government collaborations among the Congress and federal agencies, and serves as state counsel on complex client public policy matters. He is experienced in complex problem solving in...