December 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 December 2019 Visa Bulletin, Mr. Oppenheim updates predictions for some of the employment-based categories, as well as the family-based, second preference “A” (FB2A) category. All predictions refer to the dates in the final action (FA) chart, unless otherwise specified.

Employment-Based, First Preference Category (EB1)

Mr. Oppenheim reports that demand in the EB1 category is down a bit. The only updated prediction for the EB1 category is that EB1 for all countries of chargeability other than China and India will continue to move up by about 3 months per month.

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

In December, the EB2 category remains current for all countries of chargeability except India and China. In the EB3 category, India, China, and the Philippines are the only countries that are not current. Mr. Oppenheim cautions, however, that high demand in the EB2 and EB3 categories may force the need to establish cutoff dates for all countries of chargeability as early as January 2020.

Family-Based, Second Preference “A” Category (FB2A)

The FB2A category, which is for spouses and children of U.S. permanent residents, is expected to remain current for the foreseeable future.


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