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EB-1 India & China Retrogression for April 2018

By: Angelita Chavez | March 15, 2018

By: Gladys V. Gervacio

What Employers and Employees Should Know

The EB-1 category for India and China will retrogress in April 2018.

Effective April 1, 2018, the cutoff for employment-based first preference (EB-1) for India and China is January 1, 2012.

Employment based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA - mainland born EL SALVADOR GUATEMALA HONDURAS INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C 01JAN12 C 01JAN12 C C
2nd C 01AUG14 C 22DEC08 C C
3rd C 01JUN15 C 01FEB08 C 01JAN17
Other Workers C 01MAR07 C 01FEB08 C 01JAN17
4th C C 15DEC15 C 08AUG16 C
Certain Religious Workers U U U U U U
5th Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) C 22JUL14 C C C C
5th Regional Center (C5 and T5) U U U U U U

Cited from U.S. Department of State (Visa Bulletin For April 2018; Number 16; Volume X)

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Given this announcement, it is imperative for employers and employees to seek sound advice and to plan properly for any unexpected changes. We encourage all to do the following:

  • Work with your Immigration Practitioner to address any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Plan ahead, especially with the impending H-1B Cap season (FY 2019).

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