Sep 24 2020

October Visa Bulletin Update: USCIS to Honor Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Categories Next Month

United States

At a glance

USCIS will accept employment-based adjustment applications in October from foreign nationals with a priority date that is earlier than the Dates for Filing listed in the State Department's October Visa Bulletin.

Employment-Based Priority Date Cut-offs for October 2020

To be eligible to file an employment-based adjustment application in October, employer-sponsored foreign nationals must have a priority date that is earlier than the date listed below for their preference category and country. 

USCIS has chosen the Dates for Filing chart for employment-based applications.

The State Department released its October Visa Bulletin earlier today.  

USCIS Cutoff Dates for October 2020



China: September 1, 2020 

India: September 1, 2020 

All other countries: Current


China: October 1, 2016

India: May 15, 2011 

All other countries: Current  

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers  

China: June 1, 2018

India: January 1, 2015

All other countries: Current

EB-3 Other Workers  

China: October 1, 2008

India: January 1, 2015

All other countries: Current


El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: February 1, 2018

All other countries: Current 


China: December 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.