The March 2017 Visa Bulletin shows some movement forward for the employment-based categories. 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 applications. This month, the Final Action Dates mostly moved forward by several months. The 3rd preference Philippines category (which includes Schedule A Nurses) moved forward by five months (from October 15, 2011 to March 15, 2012), so that anyone in that category with a March 15, 2012 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 received an individual’s I-140 Petition.
“Final Action Dates” Chart for Employment-Based Applicants
|Certain Religious Workers||C||C||15JUL15||C||15JUL15||C|
(C5 and T5)
(I5 and R5)