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Thursday, July 18, 2019

August 2019 Visa Bulletin: EB-1 Retrogresses; Family advances

For August, Family-based immigration has advancements across most categories. 

Employment-based immigration mostly retrogress in August: 
  • EB-1 China retrogresses 10 months. Other countries retrogress 21 months. EB-2 and EB-3 China move forward for 2 months and 6 months respectfully. 
  • EB-3 and Other Workers India retrogress 3.5 years. 
  • EB-2, EB-3, and Other Workers for Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam, and Other Countries now all have cutoff dates.
  • EB-5 India retrogresses 2.5 years and EB-5 Vietnam falls back for 2 years. 

Note:  The August 2019 Final Action Dates have been imposed on the EB-3 and EB-3 Other Workers preference categories as of July 11, 2019.  This change was required to control visa number use within the annual limits, according to the Department of State.



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AD: Dates for Final Action (Green Card Approval)              FD: Dates for Filing Applications Only



      Family
Other Countries
      China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
07/01/2012
07/01/2012
07/01/2012
08/01/1996
02/22/2008
FD
03/01/2013
03/01/2013
03/01/2013
11/01/1999
08/22/2008
F2A
AD
      C
      C
      C
      C
      C
FD
06/01/2019
06/01/2019
06/01/2019
06/01/2019
06/01/2019
F2B
AD
01/01/2014
01/01/2014
01/01/2014
06/01/1998
04/01/2008
FD
09/01/2014
09/01/2014
09/01/2014
02/01/1999
11/01/2008
F3
AD
06/22/2007
06/22/2007
06/22/2007
12/01/1995
10/01/1997
FD
12/22/2007
12/22/2007
12/22/2007
07/15/2000
04/01/1998
F4
AD
10/01/2006
10/01/2006
09/15/2004
01/01/1997
05/01/1998
FD
12/15/2006
12/15/2006
05/15/2005
12/15/1998
11/01/1998

1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,400 per year).
2A: The 2 "A" preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.
2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.
3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,400 per year)
4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens. (about 65,000 per year)
   
Employment
Other Countries
China
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
India
Mexico
Philippines

Vietnam
EB1
AD
      07/01/2016
   07/01/2016
07/01/2016
  01/01/2015
07/01/2016
07/01/2016
07/01/2016
FD
09/01/2018
10/01/2017
09/01/2018
10/01/2017
09/01/2018
09/01/2018
C
EB2
AD
 01/01/2017
01/01/2017
01/01/2017
  05/02/2009
01/01/2017
01/01/2017
        01/01/2017
FD
C
02/01/2017
C
06/01/2009
C
C
C
EB3
AD
07/01/2016
07/01/2016
07/01/2016
01/01/20
06
07/01/2016
07/01/2016
07/01/2016
FD
C
06/01/2016
C
04/01/2010
C
C
C
Other Workers
  AD
07/01/2016
11/22/2007
          07/01/2016
01/01/2006
07/01/2016
07/01/2016
07/01/2016
FD
C
06/01/2008
C
04/01/2010
C
C
C
EB4
AD
C
C
07/01/2016
C
07/01/2016
C
C
FD
C
C
09/01/2016
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
10/15/2014
C
10/15/2014
C
C
10/15/2014
FD
C
11/15/2014
C
C
C
C
C









1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding prof./researchers)
2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.
3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)
4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious & others)    
5th: Employment Creation (Investors)

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