Department of State July 2019 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the July 2019 Visa Bulletin. D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the employment-based priority dates.

With respect to Final Action Dates, EB-1 China progressed just under 3 months to May 8, 2017. All other EB-1 final action dates remain unchanged. EB-2 China progressed by 3 months to November 1, 2016 and EB-2 India progressed by only 5 days to April 24, 2009. All other EB-2 chargeability areas remain current. EB-3 Philippines progressed by 5 months to November 1, 2018. EB-3 India remained at July 1, 2009 and EB-3 China progressed just under 4 months to January 1, 2016. All other EB-3 areas of chargeability remain current, with the exception of the Philippines which was previously current but, this month, has retrogressed to November 1, 2018. 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 remains backlogged at October 1, 2014 and EB-5 Vietnam remains backlogged at October 1, 2016. In addition, EB-5 India is no longer current and is now backlogged to May 1, 2017.

Application filing dates for all EB-1 areas of chargeability remain unchanged. EB-2 India also remained unchanged and EB-2 China progressed 3 months to February 1, 2017. All other EB-2 application filing dates remain current. EB-3 China progressed 6 months to June 1, 2016 and EB-3 Philippines is now current. EB-3 remains current for all other areas of chargeability. Application filing dates for EB-5 Regional Center and Non-Regional Center remain current with the exception of China, which is backlogged at November 1, 2014.

USCIS not yet has advised whether, in July 2019, it will accept adjustment of status applications based on final action dates or application filing dates.

Please note that due to the unusual movement in several categories, D&S is working to confirm the information published by The Department of State this month is accurate.

Department of State March 2019 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the March 2019 Visa Bulletin. D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the employment-based priority dates.

With respect to Final Action Dates, EB-1 China and EB-1 India progressed by two weeks to February 22, 2017. All other EB-1 categories progressed by 1 month to January 1, 2018. EB-2 China progressed by 3 months to January 01, 2016 and EB-2 India progressed by only 3 days to April 9, 2009. All other EB-2 chargeability areas remain current. EB-3 Philippines progressed by 4 months to December 1, 2017. EB-3 India and EB-3 China progressed to May 22, 2009 and July 08, 2015 respectively. All other EB-3 areas of chargeability remain current. EB-5 Regional Center is currently unavailable. EB-5 Regional Center final action dates are current with the exception of China and Vietnam, which remain backlogged at September 8, 2014 and July 15, 2016 respectively.

Application filing dates for EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 workers across all areas of chargeability remain unchanged, except for EB-2 China which progressed by 6 months to May 01, 2016 and EB-3 Philippines which progressed by 5 months to March 01, 2018. Application filing dates for EB-5 Regional Center and Non-Regional Center remain current with the exception of China, which remains backlogged at October 1, 2014.

As of today, February 15, 2019, USCIS has advised that in March 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.

Department of State June 2018 Visa Bulletin Summary

The Department of State has released the June 2018 Visa Bulletin.  D&S provides a Monthly Summary of the family and employment-based priority dates.  

With respect to Final Action Dates, EB-2 India has progressed by 4 days to December 26, 2008. Similarly, EB-5 China and EB-5 Vietnam have progressed slightly to August 1, 2014 for both regional centers and non-regional centers. All other categories remain unchanged across all areas of chargeability.

Application Filing Dates for all categories and across all areas of chargeability are unchanged in June 2018.

As of today, May 10, 2018, USCIS has not advised whether, in June 2018, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family and employment-based petitions based on final action dates or application filing dates.