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November 2019 Visa Bulletin

For October 2019 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-october-2019.aspx

For analysis of November 2019 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-analysis-november-2019.aspx

November 2019 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from November 1 to November 30 only). Please see below for more details.

Family Based:
Final Action Dates
Dates For Filing Applications
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 01MAR13
01MAR13 01MAR13 08AUG97 15SEP08
F2A C C C C C
F2B 08JUL14 08JUL14 08JUL14 22AUG98 01OCT08
F3 15OCT07 15OCT07 15OCT07 22FEB96 01JUN98
F4 01JAN07 01JAN07 15OCT04 15DEC97 01SEP98
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 01SEP13 01SEP13 01SEP13 15NOV99 15MAR09
F2A 01SEP19 01SEP19 01SEP19 01SEP19 01SEP19
F2B 08JAN15 08JAN15 08JAN15 22APR99 01APR09
F3 15APR08 15APR08 15APR08 15JUL00 01DEC98
F4 01JUL07 01JUL07 15JUN05 01JAN99 01MAR99

Employment Based:
Final Action Dates
Dates For Filing Applications
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Employment-
based
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES VIETNAM
1st 01JUN18 01FEB17 01JUN18 01JAN15 01JUN18 01JUN18 01JUN18
2nd C 15MAR15 C 13MAY09 C C C
3rd C 01NOV15 C 01JAN09 C 01FEB18 C
Other Workers C 01FEB08 C 01JAN09 C 01FEB18 C
4th C C 01JUL16 C 22JUL17 C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 01JUL16 C 22JUL17 C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 01NOV14 C 08DEC17 C C 15NOV16
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 01NOV14 C 08DEC17 C C 15NOV16
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.
Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO  PHILIPPINES 
1st 01JUL19 01SEP17 01JUL19 15MAR17 01JUL19 01JUL19
2nd C 01AUG16 C 01JUL09  C C
3rd C 01MAR17 C 01FEB10 C C
Other Workers C 01AUG08 C 01FEB10 C C
4th C C 15AUG16 C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 15AUG16 C C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 01JAN15 C C C C
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 01JAN15 C C C C

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D. EXPIRATION OF TWO EMPLOYMENT VISA CATEGORIES

Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR):

Pursuant to the continuing resolution (H.R. 4378 - Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019), signed on September 27, 2019, the non-minister special immigrant program expires on November 21, 2019. No SR visas may be issued overseas, or final action taken on adjustment of status cases, after midnight November 20, 2019. Visas issued prior to this date will only be issued with a validity date of November 20, 2019, and all individuals seeking admission as a non-minister special immigrant must be admitted (repeat, admitted) into the U.S. no later than midnight November 20, 2019.

The final action date for this category has been listed as “Current” for November for all countries except El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, which are subject to specific final action dates for November. If there is no legislative action extending this category for FY-2020, the final action date would immediately become “Unavailable” for November for all countries effective November 21, 2019.

Employment Fifth Preference Categories (I5 and R5):

Pursuant to the continuing resolution (H.R. 4378 - Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019), signed on September 27, 2019, the immigrant investor pilot program is extended until November 21, 2019. The I5 and R5 visas may be issued until close of business on November 21, 2019, and may be issued for the full validity period. No I5 or R5 visas may be issued overseas, or final action taken on adjustment of status cases, after November 21, 2019.

The final action dates for the I5 and R5 categories have been listed as “Current” for November for all countries except China-mainland born, India, and Vietnam, which are subject to specific final action dates for November. If there is no legislative action extending these categories for FY-2020, the final action dates would immediately become “Unavailable” for November for all countries effective November 22, 2019.

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      Current Step: If your priority date is not current, then you can calculate when it may become current, check your case status, processing time, etc: https://www.mygcvisa.com/calculator

      Next Steps: If priority date is current and

      1. If applicant is inside US, they will have to file I-485: https://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/04/how-to-file-i-485-application.html

      2. If applicant is outside US, it will be sent to NVC: https://www.mygcvisa.com/nvc/overview-after-nvc-petition-approved.aspx

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