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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Visa Bulletin Predictions - February 2020 and Beyond

Every month after the release of the monthly visa bulletin, DOS Visa Office Chief Mr. Charlie Oppenheim provides his insights to AILA on the trends, movements, predictions, etc. regarding the usage of immigrant visa numbers. The following are his most important insights following the publication of the February 2020 Visa Bulletin.

Family Visa Categories

F2A is still current for all countries in February, but is expected to have final action dates added within the next few months. The F4 Other Countries category will retrogress significantly -- 7 months to 07/01/2006. Charlie says this retrogressed date will remain stagnant for a few months.

Employment Visa Categories

EB-1 China and India dates do not change. The rest of the world's EB-1 categories advance 2 months to 12/01/2018. 

EB-2 China moves forward 2 weeks to 07/15/2015 and EB-2 India one day to 05/19/2009. Charlie predicts that the rest of the world (EB-2) will have a final action date added in the latter half of FY2020. For February, they remain current. 

Charlie states that EB-3 and EB-3 Other Workers Worldwide will have a final action date in March. EB-3 China moves forward 1 month to 01/01/2016, making the category 5.5 months ahead of EB-2 ChinaEB-3 India moves forward one week to 01/08/2009. 

EB-3 Philippines exceeds predictions, moving forward 2.5 months in February to 06/01/2018. Charlie explains that this move was to use up more visa numbers in anticipation of EB-3 Worldwide getting a final action date in March. 

Except for Mexico and El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, EB-4 category for all countries remain current in February. EB-4 India is expected to get a final action date on or after July 2020. 

EB-5 China will advance 1 week in February to 12/01/2014. Charlie expects that EB-5 China will advance more quickly than anticipated. 

EB-5 India will advance 4 months to 09/01/2018, and EB-5 Vietnam one week to 12/15/2016. 

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