August 2020 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 August 2020 Visa Bulletin, Mr. Oppenheim provided a few minor updates.

EB1 Category

In the August 2020 Visa Bulletin, both India and China have the same cutoff date of February 8, 2018. The reason for this is that both countries have used up their respective per-country limits for the current fiscal year, and now are relying on the unused immigrant visa numbers from other countries and categories. If there is any forward movement for EB1 India and China in the September 2020 Visa Bulletin, it will not be as significant as the movement we saw for August.

EB5 Category

EB5 India is expected to remain current for the foreseeable future. As for EB5 China, Mr. Oppenheim has limited forward movement, in part because the consulates in China remain closed for routine visa service due to the pandemic.

Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery

A significant number of DV lottery winners for the current fiscal year undoubtedly will go unused. This is because the consulates have been closed. And even if they were to reopen, most beneficiaries would be ineligible to obtain immigrant visas due to President Trump’s April 22, 2020 executive order.


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