US Department of State Releases September 2019 Visa Bulletin

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In the September 2019 Visa Bulletin issued by the US Department of State, all employment-based classifications are again backlogged.

The US Department of State has released its September 2019 Visa Bulletin outlining per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability and the flow of status adjustments and consular immigrant visa application filings and approvals.

What Does the September 2019 Visa Bulletin Say?

The bulletin includes both a Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart and an Application Final Action Dates chart. The former indicates when intending immigrants may file their applications for adjustments of status or immigrant visas, and the latter indicates when adjustment of status applications or immigrant visa applications may be approved and permanent residence granted. As in the last several months, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will continue to use the Final Action Dates chart for employment-based (EB) filings for adjustment of status. This means that individuals seeking to file applications for adjustment of status with USCIS in September 2019 must use the Final Action Dates chart below.

To be eligible to receive approval of a pending EB adjustment application in September 2019, a foreign national must have a priority date that is earlier than the date listed below for his or her preference category and country.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Class

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EB

All Charge-
ability
Areas Except
Those Listed

China
(Mainland
Born)

El Salvador,
Guatemala,
and Honduras

India

Mexico

Philippines

Vietnam

1st

01OCT17 (was 01JUL16)

01JAN14 (was 01JUL16)

01OCT17 (was 01JUL16)

U* (was 01JAN15)

01OCT17 (was 01JUL16)

01OCT17 (was 01JUL16)

01OCT17 (was 01JUL16)

2nd

01JAN18 (was 01JAN17)

01JAN17 (no change)

01JAN18 (was 01JAN17)

08MAY09 (was 02MAY09)

01JAN18 (was 01JAN17)

01JAN18 (was 01JAN17)

01JAN18 (was 01JAN17)

3rd

01JUL16 (no change)

01JAN14 (was 01JUL16)

01JUL16 (no change)

01JUL05 (was 01JAN06)

01JUL16 (no change)

01JUL16 (no change)

01JUL16 (no change)

Other Workers

01JUL16 (no change)

22NOV07 (no change)

01JUL16 (no change)

01JUL05 (was 01JAN06)

01JUL16 (no change)

01JUL16 (no change)

01JUL16 (no change)

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*Note that “U" means unavailable, i.e., visa numbers are not currently available for issuance.

On the Final Action Dates chart, the India EB-1 cutoff date is now “U,” or unavailable. It is anticipated that this backlog will continue for the rest of the 2019 fiscal year. For China, the EB-1 cutoff date retrogressed 2.5 years to January 1, 2014. The cutoff dates for EB-1 for All Chargeability Areas, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, and Vietnam all advanced 15 months to October 1, 2017.

In EB-2, the cutoff for India will advance by six days to May 8, 2009. The cutoff dates for EB-2 All Chargeability Areas, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, and Vietnam will all advance by one year to January 1, 2018. The EB-2 cutoff for China will remain at January 1, 2017.

The cutoff date for EB-3 China retrogressed by 2.5 years to January 1, 2014. The cutoff date for EB-3 India retrogressed by six months to July 1, 2005. The EB-3 cutoff dates for the worldwide allotment, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, and Vietnam will all remain at July 1, 2016.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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