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The Visa Bulletin as of June 2019

The U.S. Division of State released its Visa Bulletin for June 2019. That’s an enormous deal for those who’re ready in your precedence date to be current so that your green card software can transfer forward.

Should you don’t know what a “visa bulletin” or a “priority date” is, we’ve received you coated. Begin by testing the Boundless guide on The way to Read the Visa Bulletin.

For those who’re already conversant in those terms, skip ahead to our abstract of key developments or to the filing category that’s most relevant to you:

Household-based categories

Employment-based classes

Now let’s proceed…

The Backside Line

The June 2019 Visa Bulletin brings some new movement in wait occasions for both the family- (“F”) and employment-based (“EB”) inexperienced card classes.

The following key developments mix evaluation by Boundless and perception from the American Immigration Legal professionals Association (AILA), which checks in each month with Charles “Charlie” Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Management and Reporting Division at the U.S. Department of State, for his evaluation of “current trends and future projections.”

In family-based classes:

  • Motion continues to be very robust in the family-based categories, notably for F-2A and F-2B teams. That is primarily as a consequence of low demand, which has seen Remaining Action Dates usually advancing quicker.
  • All nations in F2A advance by 2 months. F-2B nations additionally see a big decrease in wait time, Three.5 months, with the exception of Mexico and the Philippines, which advance just one and 1.5 months, respectively.
  • Oppenheim notes that Mexican families usually are not seeing massive ahead motion as a result of of excessive demand. The wait occasions for Mexican siblings and grownup youngsters of U.S. residents, for example, remain unchanged. Oppenheim does not anticipate movement for the remainder of fiscal yr 2019 (ending September 30) and truly predicts some backward motion of deadlines, a phenomenon recognized as “retrogression,” for Mexican families.

In employment-based categories:

  • EB-1 sees vital backward motion, over 2 years, for Indian staff, displaying the influence of excessive demand. Oppenheim doesn’t anticipate forward motion for India until fiscal yr 2020 begins, when, he predicts, the deadline will advance to February 22, 2017. China does not transfer ahead, either, but Oppenheim predicts ahead movement to Might Eight, 2017 next month.
  • Within the EB-2 category, the wait time for Chinese staff decreases by greater than 2.5 months and can additional advance to November 1, 2016 in the next Visa Bulletin. For Indian staff, nevertheless, the change was less vital at only Three days. This is because of robust demand, which might further sluggish processing occasions.
  • Within the forthcoming July Visa Bulletin, Oppenheim predicts EB-Three Chinese language staff will advance to January 1, 2016, while the wait time will go away for the Philippines, and India will stall.
    In EB-Four, Mexico continues to make steady progress, while Central America wait occasions remain largely unchanged with only a 2-week advance. Oppenheim predicts their deadline will remain the same for the remaining of the fiscal yr.
  • EB-5 China and Vietnam advance by only 9 days regardless of earlier discount in wait occasions. Oppenheim foresees the date for China to stay for the rest of fiscal 2019 and that Vietnam and India will reach their nation limits by July.

Wonky technical observe: This publish focuses on the “Final Action Dates” in the Visa Bulletin because these dates are most related for figuring out when candidates will finally obtain their inexperienced cards.

USCIS declares every month, nevertheless, whether or not applicants ought to file their “adjustment of status” purposes (those for immigrants already residing in the USA) based mostly on the “Final Action Dates” or the “Dates for Filing.”

For such purposes filed in June, family-based visa applicants must use the “Dates for Filing” (out there on the State Department’s website), whereas employment-based visa candidates must use the “Final Action Dates.” Applicants filing from overseas must comply with the Remaining Action Dates.

Learn on for details…


Family-Based mostly Inexperienced Card Backlogs

F-1: single youngsters (age 21 and older) of U.S. citizens

NationNew Reduce-off DatePrevious Minimize-off DateChange in Wait TimeBasic Class15-Feb-128-Jan-12–1 month, 1 weekChina15-Feb-128-Jan-12–1 month, 1 weekIndia15-Feb-12Eight-Jan-12–1 month, 1 weekMexicoEight-Aug-97Eight-Aug-97No ChangePhilippines22-Jun-0715-Might-07–1 month, 1 week

Motion in this category has been gradual, but Mexico continues to make no progress:

  • No ahead motion for Mexico
  • One-month, 1-week advance for the overall category, China, India, and the Philippines

F-2A: spouses and unmarried youngsters (beneath age 21) of U.S. inexperienced card holders

CountryNew Minimize-off DatePrevious Reduce-off DateChange in Wait Time
Common Category15-Jul-1715-Might-17–2 months
China15-Jul-1715-Might-17–2 months
India15-Jul-1715-Might-17–2 months
Mexico1-Jul-171-Might-17–2 months
Philippines15-Jul-1715-Might-17–2 months

Movement continues to be vital in this class, with all nations making robust progress:

  • Two-month advance for all nations

F-2B: single youngsters (age 21 or older) of U.S. inexperienced card holders

CountryNew Minimize-off DatePrevious Minimize-off DateChange in Wait TimeCommon Class15-Might-131-Feb-13–Three months, 2 weeksChina15-Might-131-Feb-13–3 months, 2 weeksIndia15-Might-131-Feb-13–3 months, 2 weeksMexico15-Mar-9815-Feb-98–1 monthPhilippines15-Nov-071-Oct-07–1 month, 2 weeks

This month, most nations in this category proceed to move forward. Mexico and the Philippines, nevertheless, sluggish barely:

  • Three-month, 2-week advance for the overall category, China and India
  • One-month advance advance for Mexico
  • One-month, 2-week advance for the Philippines

F-Three: married youngsters of U.S. citizens

NationNew Minimize-off DatePrevious Reduce-off DateChange in Wait TimeBasic Category22-Dec-068-Nov-06–1 month, 2 weeksChina22-Dec-06Eight-Nov-06–1 month, 2 weeksIndia22-Dec-068-Nov-06–1 month, 2 weeksMexico22-Feb-9615-Feb-96–1 weekPhilippines1-Feb-978-Oct-96–Three months, 3 weeks, Three days

All nations in this category advance, with the Philippines displaying the strongest movement . Mexico, nevertheless, exhibits weak movement:

  • One-month, 14-day advance for the overall category, China, and India
  • Three-month, Three-week, and Three-day advance for the Philippines
  • One-week advance for Mexico

F-4: siblings of U.S. residents

CountryNew Minimize-off DatePrevious Minimize-off DateChange in Wait TimeCommon Class1-Apr-0615-Feb-06–1 month, 2 weeks, 3 daysChina1-Apr-0615-Feb-06–1 month, 2 weeks, 3 daysIndia15-Aug-041-Aug-04–2 weeksMexico8-Feb-98Eight-Feb-98No ChangePhilippines1-Jun-971-Mar-97–3 months

The Philippines makes a robust advance, whereas Mexico makes no progress for the seventh month in a row:

  • One-month, 2-week, 3-day advance for the overall class and China
  • Three-month advance for the Philippines
  • Two-week advance for India
  • No movement for Mexico

Employment-Based mostly Green Card Backlogs

EB-1: extraordinary individuals, outstanding researchers and professors, and multinational executives and managers

CountryNew Reduce-off DatePrevious Reduce-off DateChange in Wait Time
Basic Category22-Apr-181-Mar-18–1 month, 3 weeks
China22-Feb-1722-Feb-17No change
Central America22-Apr-181-Mar-18–1 month, Three weeks
India1-Jan-1522-Feb-17+2 years, 1 month, 3 weeks
Mexico22-Apr-181-Mar-18–1 month, 3 weeks
Philippines22-Apr-181-Mar-18–1 month, Three weeks
Vietnam22-Apr-181-Mar-18–1 month, 3 weeks

Movement is robust for everybody in this class, apart from India and China:

  • One-month, 3-week advance for the overall category, Central America, Mexico, the Philippines, and Vietnam
  • No progress for China
  • Two-year, 1-month, Three-week backward motion (retrogression) for India

EB-2: exceptional individuals and superior diploma holders

NationNew Minimize-off DatePrevious Reduce-off DateChange in Wait TimeBasic CategoryNo waitNo waitNo changeChina1-Aug-1615-Might-16–2 months, 2 weeks, Three daysCentral AmericaNo waitNo waitNo changeIndia19-Apr-0916-Apr-09–Three daysMexicoNo waitNo waitNo changePhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo changeVietnamNo waitNo waitNo change

Principally good news on this category, with no strains for almost all nations except India and China:

  • Dates remain present for the overall category, Central America, Mexico, the Philippines, and Vietnam — no wait, have fun!
  • Two-month, 2-week, 3-day advance for China
  • Three-day advance for India

EB-Three: bachelor’s degree holders, expert staff, and unskilled staff

CountryNew Reduce-off DatePrevious Minimize-off DateChange in Wait Time
Basic ClassNo waitNo waitNo change
China15-Sep-1522-Aug-15–3 weeks, 1 day
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo change
India1-Jul-091-Jul-09No change
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo change
Philippines1-Nov-181-Jun-18–5 months
VietnamNo waitNo waitNo change

No strains for a lot of nations on this category, plus the overall class, a development that began originally of the brand new fiscal yr. A line remains for India, whereas China advances slightly and the Philippines fairly strongly:

  • Dates still current for the overall class, Central America, Mexico, and Vietnam
  • No change for India
  • Three-week advance for China
  • 5-month advance for the Philippines

Finally, simply to be full about all of this: The no-line pattern of previous months continues for many nations in the EB-4 “special immigrants” class. The line continues to point out little or no motion once more for Central America, while Mexico continues to advance at a gentle clip. In the EB-5 investor class, only China and Vietnam continue to have uncleared backlogs.

ClassCountryNew Minimize-off DatePrevious Reduce-off DateChange in Wait Time
EB-4: Special ImmigrantsCommon ClassNo waitNo waitNo change
ChinaNo waitNo waitNo change
Central America22-Mar-168-Mar-16–2 weeks
IndiaNo waitNo waitNo change
Mexico1-Oct-181-Aug-18–2 months
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo change
VietnamNo waitNo waitNo change
ClassCountryNew Minimize-off DatePrevious Minimize-off DateChange in Wait Time
EB-5: BuyersBasic ClassNo waitNo waitNo change
China1-Oct-1422-Sep-14–1 week, 2 days
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo change
IndiaNo waitNo waitNo change
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo change
Vietnam1-Oct-1622-Sep-16–1 week, 2 days

Why This Matters

For those who’re in line for a green card, it’s essential to maintain monitor of precise modifications (and certain future developments) within the Visa Bulletin. It’s all the time a good suggestion to organize all of the documents needed on your inexperienced card software ahead of time, so that you could be able to file as shortly as attainable as soon as the Visa Bulletin exhibits that a green card is on the market to you. By failing to file in a month when a inexperienced card is accessible, you danger dealing with a surprise backward movement (“retrogression”) within the subsequent Visa Bulletin, which would shut your window of opportunity for submitting a inexperienced card software.

Stay tuned for subsequent month’s update! As all the time, we’ll spotlight all the essential modifications for you. In the meantime, take pleasure in watching this hamster eating tiny pancakes to the tune of a melodic soundtrack.