March 2019 Visa Bulletin: Slight Movement

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the March 2019 Visa Bulletin. All cutoff dates referenced refer to the dates in the final action (FA) chart, unless otherwise specified.

Visa Bulletin Summary

Employment-Based, First Preference (EB1) Category

The cutoff dates in EB1 for India and China move to February 22, 2017. For all other countries of chargeability, the cutoff date is set at January 1, 2018.

Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB2) Category

In March, EB2 India inches forward by a mere three days, to April 9, 2009. EB2 China, meanwhile, moves ahead to January 1, 2016. All other countries of chargeability remain current.

Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Category

EB3 India advances by a month, to May 22, 2009. Meanwhile, EB3 China moves slightly, to July 8, 2015. EB3 for the Philippines moves forward to December 1, 2017. All other countries of chargeability remain current.

EB3 Other Workers

With the exception of China, the cutoff dates for EB3 other workers are the same for each country as their respective EB3 cutoff dates. For China, the cutoff date for EB3 other workers is set at August 15, 2007.

Employment-Based, Fourth Preference (EB4) Category

In the EB4 category, Mexico advances to January 1, 2018. EB4 for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras remains at March 1, 2016. The category remains current for all other countries.

Employment-Based, Fifth Preference (EB5) Category

EB5 China moves slightly forward to September 8, 2014. The EB5 Vietnam cutoff date moves up by a month to July 15, 2016. The category remains current for all other countries.


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