October 2019 Visa Bulletin Check-In

Most months, Charles Oppenheim, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, provides visa bulletin explanations and predictions. Following the release of the October 2019 Visa Bulletin, Mr. Oppenheim provided some updated information on what to expect in the coming months.

Employment-Based, First Preference Category (EB1)

Mr. Oppenheim does not believe there will not be any movement for EB1 India until at least January 2020, and expects this category to remain severely backlogged for years. EB1 for all other countries of chargeability may advance by up to three months each month for the near future.

Employment-Based, Second and Third Preference (EB2 and EB3) Categories

EB2 India will continue to have limited movement for the foreseeable future. EB2 China generally sees a full recovery from early year retrogression. However, due to an overall increase in EB2 China, Mr. Oppenheim does not expect a full recovery in fiscal year (FY) 2020.

EB3 has returned to “current” for all countries except for India, China, and the Philippines. EB3 India will have little if any forward movement until possibly January 2020. EB3 China is not expected to advance much, either, for the time being. EB3 Philippines, however, may advance several months each month for the rest of the 2019 calendar year.

Employment-Based, Fifth Preference (EB5) Category

Contrary to rumors that have been spreading on the internet, EB5 India will continue to have a final action date for the foreseeable future. The same holds true for EB5 Vietnam and, of course, EB5 China. At this time, Mr. Oppenheim is unable to provide any predictions for future movement in the EB5 category.


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