At a glance

In September, USCIS will accept employment-based adjustment applications from foreign nationals with a priority date that is earlier than the Final Action dates listed in the State Department's September Visa Bulletin.

Employment-Based Priority Date Cut-offs for September 2019

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

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has chosen to honor the Department of State Final Action Dates chart, rather than the Dates for Filing chart, in September. In the September Visa Bulletin, the State Department also confirmed that EB-1 India has been unavailable since early July and announced that September cutoff dates will take effect immediately for EB-1 China and EB-3 China and India. Though it is not yet known whether USCIS will apply the EB-1 and EB-3 retrogressions immediately, or if it will continue to accept applications that are current on the August Visa Bulletin for the remainder of this month, when mid-month retrogressions have occurred in the past, the agency has accepted applications and held them until priority dates became current again.


* An asterisk (*) indicates immediate unavailability


India: Unavailable*

China: January 1, 2014*

All other countries: October 1, 2017


China: January 1, 2017

India: May 8, 2009

All other countries: January 1, 2018

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

China: January 1, 2014*

India: July 1, 2005*

All other countries: July 1, 2016

EB-3 Other Workers

China: November 22, 2007*

India: July 1, 2005*

All other countries: July 1, 2016


All other countries: Unavailable*


China: October 22, 2014

Vietnam: October 22, 2014

India: September 1, 2017

All other countries: Current

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