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January 2023 Visa Bulletin Update – USCIS to Honor Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Categories

Next month, USCIS will accept employment-based adjustment of status applications from foreign nationals with a priority date that is earlier than the Dates for Filing listed in the State Department’s January 2023 Visa Bulletin.

Employment-Based Priority Date Cutoffs for January 2023

To be eligible to file an employment-based adjustment application in January, 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 listed in next month’s State Department Visa Bulletin for employment-based applications.

USCIS Cutoff Dates for January 2023

China: June 1, 2022
India: June 1, 2022
All other countries: Current                                                                                                     

China: July 8, 2019
India: May 1, 2012
All other countries: December 1, 2022

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers  
China: September 1, 2018
India: August 1, 2012
All other countries: Current

EB-3 Other Workers  
China: November 1, 2015
India: August 1, 2012
All other countries: September 8, 2022

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: April 15, 2018
Mexico: October 15, 2020
All other countries: July 22, 2022
*If there is no legislative action extending the EB-4 Certain Religious Workers category beyond December 23, 2022, the category will become “unavailable” thereafter.

EB-5 Unreserved (Regional Center and Non-Regional Center)
China: January 1, 2016
India: December 8, 2019
All other countries: Current

EB-5 Set-Asides
Rural: Current for all countries
High Unemployment: Current for all countries
Infrastructure: Current for all countries

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