Department of State September 2019 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the September 2019 Visa Bulletin, which the Department has indicated is currently in effect prior to the start of the month for EB-1 and EB-3 China , EB-3 India, and the entire EB-4/religious workers category (which will be unavailable for the remainder of the fiscal year). In addition, the Department announced that, although not listed on the September Visa Bulletin, the EB-3 category across all countries of chargeability has been made unavailable for September, effective immediately. D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the employment-based priority dates.

With respect to Final Action Dates, All EB-1 categories, except India and China, have advanced to October 1, 2017. EB-1 China has retrogressed to January 1, 2014, and the State Department has confirmed that EB-1 India has been unavailable since July and will remain so for the remainder of FY2019, which ends September 30th. With the exception of India and China, all other EB-2 countries of chargeability have advanced to January 1, 2018, while EB-2 China remained unchanged at January 1, 2017, and EB-2 India progressed by only 6 days to May 8, 2009. All EB-3 countries of chargeability besides India and China remained unchanged at July 1, 2016, while EB-3 China retrogressed from that date to January 1, 2014 and EB-3 India retrogressed to July 1, 2005.

EB-5 Non-Regional Center and EB-5 Regional Center final action dates are current with the exception of China, India, and Vietnam. EB-5 China and Vietnam both advanced one week to October 22, 2014, while EB-5 India advanced dramatically to September 1, 2017.

Application filing dates remain unchanged with the exception of EB-2 China, which progressed four months to June 1, 2017, and EB-5 China which has progressed one week to November 22, 2014.

As of today, August 20, 2019, USCIS has advised that in September 2019 it will accept adjustment of status applications for employment-based petitions based on final action dates and family-based petitions based on application filing dates for all categories except the F2A category, which may file based on final action dates.