DOS Issues January 2018 Visa Bulletin: EB3 Remains Current for Worldwide Category

The Department of State (DOS) posted the Visa Bulletin for January 2018, which provides the visa number availability for family-sponsored and employment-sponsored preference categories, as well as for the diversity visa lottery cut-offs. As of December 2017, USCIS has not announced whether in January 2018 it will accept adjustment of status applications based on the filing dates or the final action dates chart. However, unless otherwise indicated on US Citizenship and Immigration Service’s USCIS)website at, individuals seeking to file applications for adjustment of status with USCIS in the Department of Homeland Security must use the “Final Action Dates” for determining when they can file such applications.

According to the final action dates chart, the EB2 category for India is at November 22, 2008, and for China is at August 8, 2013. The EB1 category across the board remains current. The EB3 worldwide category remains current and the EB3 category for China is at April 15, 2014, and at November 1, 2006, for India.