May 2020 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has finally released the May 2020 Visa Bulletin. All cutoff dates listed refer to the dates in the final action (FA) chart, unless otherwise specified.

Visa Bulletin Summary

Employment-Based, First Preference (EB1) Category

The EB1 category for all countries of chargeability except India and China finally returns to being current. Meanwhile, India and China only get a bit of relief in this category. EB1 India advances to August 1, 2015, and EB1 China moves ahead to July 15, 2017.

Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB2) Category

The EB2 category remains current for all countries of chargeability except India and China. EB2 India inches forward to June 2, 2009. EB2 China moves up to October 1, 2015.

Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Category

EB3 India advances to March 1, 2009. EB3 China moves forward to May 15, 2016. For all other countries of chargeability, EB3 remains set at January 1, 2017.

EB3 Other Workers

With the exception of China, the cutoff dates for EB3 other workers are the same for each country as its respective EB3 cutoff dates. For China, the cutoff date for EB3 other workers progresses to July 15, 2008.

Employment-Based, Fourth Preference (EB4) Category

The EB4 cutoff date for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras moves to August 15, 2016. EB4 for Mexico moves ahead to May 1, 2018. This category remains current for all other countries of chargeability.

Employment-Based, Fifth Preference (EB5) Category

The EB5 category remains current for all countries of chargeability except India, China, and Vietnam. EB5 India races ahead to October 1, 2019. For China, the cutoff date moves to July 1, 2015. The EB5 cutoff date for Vietnam moves up to April 1, 2017.


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