EB-2 to EB-3 Downgrade for Indian and Chinese Nationals – January 2019

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By Angelita Chavez, Gladys Gervacio, Toni Ordona, and Armando Escobedo


On December 13, 2018, the Department of State (DOS) released the January 2019 Visa Bulletin. Of particular relevance is the employment-based third (EB-3) and second preference (EB-2) category for India and China.  The EB-3 category for beneficiaries born in China and India has a priority date earlier than the EB-2 category.

Employers may consider downgrading Indian and Chinese nationals’ green cards from EB-2 to EB-3 for priority dates before:

  • Indian Nationals: April 01, 2010
  • Chinese nationals: January 01, 2016

Employers can do this by filing a concurrent or new Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (Form I-140).

Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA- mainland born El SALVADOR GUATEMALA HONDURAS INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st 01JUN18 01OCT17 01JUN18 01OCT17 01JUN18 01JUN18
2nd C 08SEP15 C 22MAY09 C C
3rd C 01JAN16 C 01APR10 C 01AUG17
Other Workers C 01JUN08 C 01APR10 C 01AUG17
4th C C 01MAY16 C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 01May16 C C C
5th Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) C 01OCT14 C C C C
5th Regional Center (I5 and R5) C 01OCT14 C C C C

We recommend working with your Immigration Practitioner to address any questions or concerns you may have.

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