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January 2024 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 2024 Visa Bulletin.

Employment-Based Priority Date Cutoffs for January 2024

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.

Dates for Filing for January 2024

China: January 1, 2023
India: January 1, 2021
All other countries: Current

China: June 1, 2020*
India: May 15, 2012
All other countries: February 15, 2023
*Note: The State Department website erroneously repeats last month’s date of January 1, 2020 for this category, and the error is repeated on the USCIS website. However, the official January Visa Bulletin, which is understood to be the most accurate source, lists a June 1, 2020 date.

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers  
China: July 1, 2021
India: August 1, 2012
Philippines: January 1, 2023
All other countries: February 1, 2023

EB-3 Other Workers  
China: June 1, 2017
India: August 1, 2012
Philippines: May 15, 2020
All other countries: December 15, 2020

All countries: September 1, 2019

EB-5 Unreserved (Regional Center and Non-Regional Center)
China: January 1, 2017
India: April 1, 2022
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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