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Jan 23 2020

February Visa Bulletin Update: USCIS to Honor Dates for Filing for Most Categories Next Month

United States

At a glance 

  • In February, USCIS will accept employment-based adjustment applications from foreign nationals with a priority date that is earlier than the Dates for Filing listed in the State Department's February Visa Bulletin, with some exceptions.
  • For all EB-3 countries except India, China and the Philippines, the agency will accept applications according to the Final Action Date chart, which lists most EB-3 countries as current in February. 

Employment-Based Priority Date Cut-offs for February 2020 

To be eligible to file an employment-based adjustment application in February, employer-sponsored foreign nationals must have a priority date that is earlier than the date listed below for their preference category and country. Where the dates in the Dates for Filing chart are less favorable than the Final Action Date chart, as is the case next month for most EB-3 countries, USCIS will accept adjustment applications from foreign nationals according to the Final Action Dates chart for those countries.

USCIS Cutoff Dates for February 2020

EB-1  

China: October 1, 2017 

India: March 15, 2017

All other countries: Current

EB-2  

China: August 1, 2016

India: July 1, 2009 

All other countries: Current  

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers  

China: March 1, 2017

India: February 1, 2010

The Philippines: January 1, 2019

All other countries: Current*

* Though the State Department has imposed a January 1, 2019 Dates for Filing cutoff date, USCIS will accept adjustment applications from foreign nationals in this category according to the Final Action Dates Chart, which lists all other countries as “Current.”

EB-3 Other Workers  

China: August 1, 2008

India: February 1, 2010

The Philippines: January 1, 2019

All other countries: Current*

* Though the State Department has imposed a January 1, 2019 Dates for Filing cutoff date, USCIS will accept adjustment applications from foreign nationals in this category according to the Final Action Dates Chart, which lists all other countries as “Current.”

EB-4 

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: August 15, 2016

All other countries: Current 

EB-5  

China: May 15, 2015

All other countries: Current  

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen.