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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

April 2020 Visa Bulletin: Philippines Family Categories Advance


In April's Visa Bulletin, there are moderate advancements in both Family and Employment visa categories.  EB-1 Worldwide and India advances 3 months and 2 months respectively.  EB-2 China advances 1 month. All Family categories advance for the Philippines.  Family 2nd is still current for all countries.

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

      Family
Other Countries
      China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
01/01/2014
01/01/2014
01/01/2014
09/22/1997
03/01/2010
FD
09/01/2014
09/01/2014
09/01/2014
12/01/1999
11/01/2010
F2A
AD
      C
      C
      C
      C
      C
FD
02/01/2020
02/01/2020
02/01/2020
02/01/2020
02/01/2020
F2B
AD
11/01/2014
11/01/2014
11/01/2014
12/01/1998
02/01/2010
FD
07/01/2015
07/01/2015
07/01/2015
08/01/1999
10/01/2010
F3
AD
02/01/2008
02/01/2008
02/01/2008
05/08/1996
05/15/2000
FD
10/01/2008
10/01/2008
10/01/2008
07/15/2000
15/01/2001
F4
AD
07/01/2006
07/01/2006
12/22/2004
03/15/1998
05/01/2000
FD
07/25/2007
07/25/2007
08/22/2005
01/15/1999
01/01/2001

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
06/01/2019
06/08/2017
06/01/2019
05/01/2015
06/01/2019
06/01/2019
06/01/2019
FD
C
10/01/2017
C
03/15/2017
C
C
C
EB2
AD
C
09/01/2015
C
05/25/2009
C
C
C
FD
C
08/01/2016
C
07/01/2009
C
C
C
EB3
AD
01/01/2017
04/15/2016
01/01/2017
01/22/2009
01/01/2017
01/01/2017
01/01/2017
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
01/01/2017
07/01/2008
01/01/2017
01/22/2009
01/01/2017
01/01/2017
01/01/2017
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
07/15/2016
C
01/22/2018
C
C
FD
C
C
08/15/2016
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
05/15/2015
C
01/01/2019
C
C
02/08/2017
FD
C
12/15/2015
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 April 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 April 2020.

For Employment-Based Preference Filings:
For all other employment-based preference categories, you must use the Dates for Final Action chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for April 2020.

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