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Monday, September 23, 2019

October 2019 Visa Bulletin: Employment Categories Advance


The October Visa Bulletin - the first one in FY2020 - brings a new batch of visa numbers and some nice advancements for employment-based categories.  Importantly, USCIS has decided to use the Filing Date Chart for employment-based categories.

EB-1 Other countries' filing date moves forward to 07/01/2019.
EB-1 India is no longer unavailable and has a cutoff of 01/01/2015. The filing date retrogresses 6.5 months.
EB-1 China jumps forward 30 months. However, the filing date retrogresses a month.
EB-2 China retrogresses by 2 years to 01/01/2015. The filing date also retrogresses almost a year to 08/01/2016.
EB-3 China moves forward almost two years to 11/01/2015. The filing date moves forward to 03/01/2017.
EB-3 India leaps forward 3.5 years to 01/01/2009. The filing date retrogresses 2 months.

F2A remains current for all countries, with the filing date advancing 1 month to 08/01/2019. The rest of the FB categories continue to advance, with Mexico F1 advancing 1 year to 08/08/1997.


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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
01/15/2013
01/15/2013
01/15/2013
08/08/1997
07/01/2008
FD
07/15/2013
07/15/2013
07/15/2013
11/15/1999
01/01/2009
F2A
AD
      C
      C
      C
      C
      C
FD
08/01/2019
08/01/2019
08/01/2019
08/01/2019
08/01/2019
F2B
AD
06/01/2014
06/01/2014
06/01/2014
08/01/1998
09/01/2008
FD
12/01/2014
12/01/2014
12/01/2014
04/01/1999
03/01/2009
F3
AD
09/15/2007
09/15/2007
09/15/2007
02/22/1996
04/01/1998
FD
03/15/2008
03/15/2008
03/15/2008
07/15/2000
10/01/1998
F4
AD
11/22/2006
11/22/2006
10/01/2004
12/15/1997
07/08/1998
FD
05/15/2007
05/15/2007
06/01/2005
01/01/1999
01/08/1999

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
    04/22/2018
   11/01/2016
04/22/2018
  01/01/2015
04/22/2018
04/22/2018
04/22/2018
FD
07/01/2019
09/01/2017
07/01/2019
03/15/2017
07/01/2019
07/01/2019
C
EB2
AD
 C
01/01/2015
C
  05/12/2009
C
C
        C
FD
C
08/01/2016
C
07/01/2009
C
C
C
EB3
AD
C
11/01/2015
C
01/01/2009
C
10/15/2017
C
FD
C
03/01/2017
C
02/01/2010
C
C
C
Other Workers
  AD
C
01/01/2008
C
01/01/2009
C
10/15/2017
C
FD
C
08/01/2008
C
02/01/2010
C
C
C
EB4
AD
C
C
07/01/2016
C
05/01/2017
C
C
FD
C
C
08/15/2016
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
10/22/2014
C
11/22/2017
C
C
10/15/2016
FD
C
01/01/2015
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)

Notes:  The following two categories' (not listed above) AD have become "unavailable" in October 2019:- Certain Religious Workers for all countries.- 5th Regional Center (I5 and R5)

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