Visa Bulletin for December 2019

visa bulletinThe Visa Bulletin of the US State Department shows backlogs in getting green cards in both the family and the employment-based categories. The time that it will take you to get a green card depends on the category of your petition and your country of birth. The Visa Bulletin is updated on a monthly basis.

Great news! For the month of December 2019, the USCIS announced that they would let applicants file for Adjustment of Status using the Filing Dates Charts rather that the Final Action Dates Charts.

You can stay up-to-date with the waiting times in the Visa Bulletin by subscribing to our Free E-Mail Newsletter.

How rapidly will your priority date in the Visa Bulletin advance or retrogress in the coming months? Click on the link to the Visa Bulletin Predictions by the State Department’s Charlie Oppenheim.

 

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EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES

The employment-based (EB) categories in the Visa Bulletin are as follows:

An applicant’s priority date is the day that the government received the employer’s PERM application. However, if a PERM application is not required, the priority date is the date the government received an EB visa petition (I-140 or the I-526).

Watch our EB videos to see various methods of shortening your waiting time for a green card.

 

NOVEMBER VISA BULLETIN – EMPLOYMENT

A. FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

 

World China El Salvador,
Guatemala,
Honduras
India Mexico Philippines Vietnam
1st 7-15-18 5-15-17 7-15-18 1-01-15 7-15-18 7-15-18 7-15-18
2nd Current 6-22-15 Current 5-15-09 Current Current Current
3rd Current 11-01-15 Current 1-01-09 Current 3-01-18 Current
Unskilled Current 3-01-08 Current 1-01-09 Current 3-01-18 Current
4th Current Current 7-01-16 Current 7-22-17 Current Current
R Workers U U U U U U U
5th Current 11-15-14 Current 1-01-18 Current Current 12-01-16
R Centers U U U U U U U

 

B. DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS

 

World China El Salvador,
Guatemala,
Honduras
India Mexico Philippines
1st Current 9-01-17 Current 3-15-17 Current Current
2nd Current 8-01-16 Current 7-01-09 Current Current
3rd Current 3-01-17 Current 2-01-10 Current Current
Unskilled Current 8-01-08 Current 2-01-10 Current Current
4th Current Current 8-15-16 Current Current Current
R Workers Current Current 8-15-16 Current Current Current
5th Current 5-15-15 Current Current Current Current
R Centers Current 5-15-15 Current Current Current Current

 

NOVEMBER VISA BULLETIN – FAMILY

The family-based categories in the visa bulletin are as follows:

An applicant’s priority date is the day that the government received the I-130 Petition. Watch our family-based video to see various methods of shortening your waiting time for a green card.

A priority date is established by the submission of a relative visa petition in the family categories.

The word “Current”in the Visa Bulletin indicates that no backlog presently exists in a particular category. Alternately, the word “Unavailable” indicates that it is not possible to apply for permanent residence in that category.

A. FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED CASES – These dates are consistent with prior visa bulletin priority dates.

World China India Mexico Philippines
1st 5-15-13  5-15-13  5-15-13 8-08-97 11-01-08
2A Current Current Current Current Current
2B 8-08-14  8-08-14  8-08-14 8-22-98 12-01-08
3rd 11-08-07 11-08-07 11-08-07 2-22-96 9-01-98
4th 2-01-07 2-01-07 11-01-04 12-15-97 12-15-98

B. FAMILY-SPONSORED FILING DATE CHART – The chart below reflects dates for filing visa applications within a time frame justifying immediate action in the application process. Applicants for immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the application date in the chart may assemble and submit required documents to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, following receipt of notification from the National Visa Center containing detailed instructions. The application date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa.

World China India Mexico Philippines
1st 11-15-13 11-15-13 11-15-13 11-15-99 5-01-09
2A 10-01-19 10-01-19 10-01-19 10-01-19 10-01-19
2B 2-08-15 2-08-15 2-08-15 4-22-99 6-01-09
3rd 5-15-08  5-15-08 5-15-08 7-15-00 3-01-99
4th 7-22-07  7-22-07 7-01-05 1-01-99 6-15-99

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