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The Visa Bulletin (March 2019)

The U.S. Division of State released its Visa Bulletin for March 2019. That’s an enormous deal should you’re waiting in your precedence date to be present so that your green card software can move forward.

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

In case you’re already conversant in these terms, skip forward to our abstract of key developments or to the submitting category that’s most relevant to you:

Household-based classes

Employment-based categories

Now let’s proceed…

The Bottom Line

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

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

In family-based classes:

  • Movement is robust in the family-based categories, especially for the F-2B and F-Four groups. A number of nations in every of those categories advanced 3 months, the most important forward leap since October 2018, when the fiscal yr began. The final advance of a minimum of Three months for households occurred in September 2018 (3.5 months) however just for unmarried Filipino youngsters aged 21 and older of U.S. citizens.
  • A welcome change, Mexican households finally achieve traction within the F-2B and F-3 categories following a persistent logjam. Married Mexican youngsters of U.S. residents had made no forward progress because the start of the 2019 fiscal yr. AILA notes that F-3 motion “was made possible by a decline in demand for cases being processed at Ciudad Juarez” and added that “there is a potential for higher levels of demand pending final action at [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)],” in line with Oppenheim.
  • Filipino siblings of U.S. citizens (F-4) proceed to make wholesome progress, shifting ahead by over Four months, after an almost 1-year leap in February. The motion in F-4, in addition to the 3-month advance within the F-3 category, mirror low demand but numerous approvals for applicants who have stalled on their own progress, AILA noted.
  • Based on AILA, applicants — especially within the family-based categories — continue to reply poorly to Type DS-3032 (formally referred to as the “Choice of Address and Agent” type). In consequence, the State Department might have to significantly advance deadlines, although that motion might in flip end in longer strains or even retrogression (backward movement).

In employment-based classes:

  • Both Chinese language and Indian staff within the EB-Three class remain forward of these in the EB-2 class, though it’s unclear whether the sample will continue for India.
  • Demand for Filipino staff in the EB-3 category can also be “below target demand,” which triggered a Four-month advance to draw more candidates. Oppenheim advised AILA he’s concerned that candidates might experience an identical pattern seen in fiscal years 2014 and 2015, when low demand triggered a pointy advancement of the deadlines and resulted in a surge that led to a 7-year retrogression.
  • In the EB-4 category, Mexico continues to make steady progress, whereas Central America stalls once more and dates for all different nations remain present.
  • EB-5 China advances by every week following a niche in motion since January because of the expiration of government funding for the I5 and R5 categories, which have been reauthorized after the March Visa Bulletin was revealed.

Wonky technical word: This submit focuses on the “Final Action Dates” within the Visa Bulletin as a result of these dates are most relevant for figuring out when candidates will finally receive their green playing cards.

USCIS proclaims every month, nevertheless, whether or not applicants should 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 March, family-based visa candidates should use the “Dates for Filing” (obtainable on the State Division’s web site), whereas employment-based visa applicants should use the “Final Action Dates.” Applicants filing from abroad should 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. residents

CountryNew Reduce-off DatePrevious Minimize-off DateChange in Wait TimeCommon Category22-Oct-1122-Sep-11–1 monthChina22-Oct-1122-Sep-11–1 monthIndia22-Oct-1122-Sep-11–1 monthMexico1-Aug-971-Aug-97No changePhilippines1-Apr-0715-Mar-07– 2 weeks, Three days

Movement in this class is very similar to that in February. Mexico makes no progress for the eighth consecutive month:

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

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

NationNew Minimize-off DatePrevious Minimize-off DateChange in Wait Time
Common ClassEight-Jan-171-Dec-16–1 month, 1 week
ChinaEight-Jan-171-Dec-16–1 month, 1 week
India8-Jan-171-Dec-16–1 month, 1 week
Mexico15-Dec-1615-Nov-16–1 month
PhilippinesEight-Jan-171-Dec-16–1 month, 1 week

Movement is stronger on this category this month, but Mexico makes slightly much less progress than the remaining, a reversal from February:

  • One-and-a-half-month advance for the overall category, China, India, and the Philippines
  • One-month advance for Mexico

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

CountryNew Minimize-off DatePrevious Minimize-off DateChange in Wait Time
Common Class1-Aug-121-Might-12–Three months
China1-Aug-121-Might-12–Three months
India1-Aug-121-Might-12–3 months
Mexico22-Sep-9722-Jun-97–3 months
Philippines22-Jul-071-Jul-07–3 weeks

This month, most nations on this class double their ahead movement in February. Mexico, nevertheless, exhibits strongest movement, leaping ahead by 3 months, compared with solely 2 weeks in February:

  • Three-month advance for the overall class, China, India, and Mexico
  • Three-week advance for the Philippines

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

NationNew Reduce-off DatePrevious Reduce-off DateChange in Wait TimeBasic CategoryEight-Sep-0622-Aug-06– 2 weeks, Three daysChina8-Sep-0622-Aug-06– 2 weeks, 3 daysIndia8-Sep-0622-Aug-06– 2 weeks, Three daysMexico15-Jan-9622-Dec-95–Three weeks, 3 daysPhilippines1-Jan-9622-Aug-95–Four months, 1 week, 3 days

All nations on this category advance, with strongest motion for the Philippines. Mexico lastly makes progress after a 5-month standstill:

  • Two-and-a-half-week advance for the overall category, China, and India
  • Three-and-a-half-week advance for Mexico
  • Over Four-month advance for the Philippines

F-Four: siblings of U.S. citizens

NationNew Reduce-off DatePrevious Reduce-off DateChange in Wait TimeCommon Class22-Sep-0522-Jun-05–Three monthsChina22-Sep-0522-Jun-05–3 monthsIndiaEight-Jul-0422-Jun-04–2 weeks, 2 daysMexicoEight-Feb-988-Feb-98No changePhilippines1-Jan-961-Oct-95–Three months

Most nations in this category make much more healthy advances than in February, whereas Mexico makes no progress for the fourth month in a row:

  • Three-month advance for the overall category, China, and the Philippines
  • Over 2-week advance for India
  • No movement for Mexico

Employment-Based mostly Inexperienced Card Backlogs

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

NationNew Reduce-off DatePrevious Minimize-off DateChange in Wait TimeCommon Class1-Jan-181-Oct-17–Three monthsChina22-Feb-1715-Dec-16–2 months, 1 weekCentral America1-Jan-181-Oct-17–Three monthsIndia22-Feb-1715-Dec-16–2 months, 1 weekMexico1-Jan-181-Oct-17–3 monthsPhilippines1-Jan-181-Oct-17–Three monthsVietnam1-Jan-181-Oct-17–3 months

Movement is robust for everyone on this class, though China and India show barely weaker progress:

  • Three-month advance for the overall class, Central America, Mexico, the Philippines, and Vietnam
  • Greater than 2-month advance for China and India

EB-2: distinctive individuals and advanced degree holders

CountryNew Reduce-off DatePrevious Minimize-off DateChange in Wait TimeBasic CategoryNo waitNo waitNo changeChina1-Jan-161-Oct-15–Three monthsCentral AmericaNo waitNo waitNo changeIndia9-Apr-096-Apr-09–Three daysMexicoNo waitNo waitNo changePhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo changeVietnamNo waitNo waitNo change

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

  • Dates stay current for the overall class, Central America, Mexico, the Philippines, and Vietnam — no wait, have fun!
  • Three-month advance for China
  • Three-day advance for India

EB-3: bachelor’s diploma holders, expert staff, and unskilled staff

CountryNew Minimize-off DatePrevious Minimize-off DateChange in Wait Time
Basic CategoryNo waitNo waitNo change
ChinaEight-Jul-151-Jul-15–1 week
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo change
India22-Might-0922-Apr-09–1 month
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo change
Philippines1-Dec-171-Aug-17–4 months
VietnamNo waitNo waitNo change

No strains for half of the nations on this category, plus the overall category, a development that started at first of the brand new fiscal yr. Strains for India and China advance at a slightly weaker pace than in February, whereas the Philippines exhibits strongest movement:

  • Dates still current for the overall class, Central America, Mexico, and Vietnam
  • One-week advance for China
  • One-month advance for India
  • 4-month advance for the Philippines

Lastly, just to be full about all of this: The no-line sample of previous months continues for EB-4 “special immigrants” from the overall class, China, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The line stalls again for Central America (a reversal of the earlier month), whereas Mexico advances at a gentle clip. In the EB-5 investor class, solely China and Vietnam continue to have uncleared backlogs, although China exhibits some progress.

ClassCountryNew Minimize-off DatePrevious Reduce-off DateChange in Wait TimeEB-4: Particular ImmigrantsCommon CategoryNo waitNo waitNo changeChinaNo waitNo waitNo changeCentral America1-Mar-161-Mar-16No changeIndiaNo waitNo waitNo changeMexico1-Jan-181-Sep-17–Four monthsPhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo changeVietnamNo waitNo waitNo changeCategoryCountryNew Reduce-off DatePrevious Minimize-off DateChange in Wait TimeEB-5: BuyersCommon CategoryNo waitNo waitNo changeChina8-Sep-141-Sep-14–1 weekCentral AmericaNo waitNo waitNo changeIndiaNo waitNo waitNo changeMexicoNo waitNo waitNo changePhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo changeVietnam15-Jul-1615-Jun-16–1 month

Why This Issues

In case you’re in line for a inexperienced card, it’s essential to maintain monitor of precise modifications (and certain future developments) in the Visa Bulletin. It’s all the time a good suggestion to organize all the paperwork wanted in your inexperienced card software forward of time, so you could be able to file as shortly as potential once the Visa Bulletin exhibits that a green card is out there to you. By failing to file in a month when a inexperienced card is out there, you danger dealing with a surprise backward motion (“retrogression”) in the next Visa Bulletin, which might shut your window of opportunity for filing a green card software.

Keep tuned for next month’s update! As all the time, we’ll highlight all the essential modifications for you. In the meantime, let this 2-year-old toddler allow you to sharpen your baking expertise.

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