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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

February 2020 Visa Bulletin: Family 2A Remains Current



There are a few ups and downs in the February visa bulletin

EB-1 Most countries advance by 2 months except China and India, which remain unchanged. 

EB-2 China moves forward to 07/15/2015 while India only advances 1 day. There are currently available visa numbers for the rest of the countries under the EB-2 category. 

EB-3 Philippines advances by 78 days to 06/01/2018. EB-3 India advances by 7 days. EB-3 China, which moves forward to 01/01/2016, is still faster than EB-2 China. It means that "down-grading" is still a viable option for Chinese-born applicants. 

EB-4 Mexico advances to 09/01/2017. EB-5 India advances by 4 months while EB-5 China and Vietnam both move forward by a week. 

In the family category, F-2A worldwide remains current. All categories for the Philippines move forward between 2.5 months to 4 months. But F-4 China and "Other Countries" retrogress 7 months to 07/01/2006. 

Predictions:

F-4 (USC's siblings) has advanced rapidly recently.  The State Department expects to hold the cutoff date for several months for "Other Countries" to control visa usage.  Hence, expect no movement with F-4 Final Action Date in this category for a while. 

Due to large volume of adjustment cases filed with USCIS, the State Department expects EB-3 and Other Worker categories will have a cutoff date (no longer current) in March for "Other Countries".


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

      Family
Other Countries
      China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
08/22/2013
08/22/2013
08/22/2013
08/22/1997
04/01/2009
FD
03/22/2014
03/22/2014
03/22/2014
11/15/1999
10/01/2009
F2A
AD
      C
      C
      C
      C
      C
FD
12/01/2019
12/01/2019
12/01/2019
12/01/2019
12/01/2019
F2B
AD
08/22/2014
08/22/2014
08/22/2014
09/15/1998
05/01/2009
FD
04/22/2015
04/22/2015
04/22/2015
05/15/1999
11/01/2009
F3
AD
11/22/2007
11/22/2007
11/22/2007
03/22/1996
05/01/1999
FD
07/22/2008
07/22/2008
07/22/2008
07/15/2000
11/01/1999
F4
AD
07/01/2006
07/01/2006
11/22/2004
01/15/1998
07/01/1999
FD
07/22/2007
07/22/2007
07/22/2005
01/01/1999
01/01/2000

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
    12/01/2018
   
05/22/2017

12/01/2018
  01/01/2015

12/01/2018

12/01/2018

12/01/2018
FD
C
10/01/2017
C
03/15/2017
C
C
C
EB2
AD

C

07/15/2015
C
  05/19/2009

C

C
        
C
FD
C
08/01/2016
C
07/01/2009
C
C
C
EB3
AD
C
01/01/2016
C
01/08/2009
C
06/01/2018
C
FD
01/01/2019
03/01/2017
01/01/2019
02/01/2010
01/01/2019
01/01/2019
01/01/2019
Other Workers
  AD
C
05/01/2008
C
01/08/2009
C
06/01/2018
C
FD
01/01/2019
08/01/2008
01/01/2019
02/01/2010
01/01/2019
01/01/2019
01/01/2019
EB4
AD
C
C
07/01/2016
C
09/01/2017
C
C
FD
C
C
08/15/2016
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
12/01/2014
C
09/01/2018
C
C
12/15/2016
FD
C
05/15/2015
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)

What happens if the Final Action Date is "current" or later than the Filing Date? 
If this happens in a particular immigrant visa category, applicants in that visa category may file using the Final Action Dates chart during that month.

For Family-Sponsored Filings:
In the F2A category, there is a cutoff date on the Dates for Filing chart. However, the category is “current” on the Final Action Dates chart. This means that applicants in the F2A category may file using the Final Action Dates chart for February 2020.

For all the other family-based preference categories, you must use the Dates for Filing chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for February 2020.

For Employment-Based Preference Filings:
In the EB-3 and Other Workers “All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed” categories, there is a cutoff date on the Dates for Filing chart. However, the categories are “current” on the Final Action Dates chart. This means that applicants in the EB-3 and Other Workers from all other chargeability areas may file using the Final Action Dates chart for February 2020.

For all other employment-based preference categories, you must use the Dates for Filing chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for February 2020.

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