May Visa Bulletin

 

The May 2017 Visa Bulletin  shows that, once again, USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants must use the Final Action Dates chart (shown below) to determine when they may file their adjustment of status application. This month, the Final Action Dates mostly moved forward by several months. The 3rd preference Philippines category (which includes Schedule A Nurses born in the Philippines)

moved forward by three-and-a-half weeks (from September 15, 2012 to January 1, 2013), so that anyone in that category with a January 1, 2013 priority date or earlier is now eligible to submit an adjustment of status application with USCIS. Please note that, for employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USICS accepted an individual’s I-140 Petition for processing.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications: *

Employment- Based

All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland
born

El SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

C

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

C

08FEB13

C

22JUN08

C

C

3rd

15MAR17

01OCT14

15MAR17

25MAR05

15MAR17

01JAN13

Other Workers

15MAR17

08MAR06

15MAR17

25MAR05

15MAR17

01JAN13

4th

C

C

15JUL15

C

15JUL15

C

Certain Religious Workers

5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)

C

01JUN14

C

C

C

C

5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)

U

* USCIS has determined that employment-based applicants must use the Final Actions Dates chart in the DOS Visa Bulletin for May 2017 to determine when they may file an adjustment of status application (see https://www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo) (last accessed: 4/25/17).

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