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August 2019 Visa Bulletin

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

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

August 2019 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from August 1 to August 31 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 01JUL12
01JUL12 01JUL12 01AUG96 22FEB08
F2A C C C C C
F2B 01JAN14 01JAN14 01JAN14 01JUN98 01APR08
F3 22JUN07 22JUN07 22JUN07 01DEC95 01OCT97
F4 01OCT06 01OCT06 15SEP04 01JAN97 01MAY98
"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 01MAR13 01MAR13 01MAR13 01NOV99 22AUG08
F2A 01JUN19 01JUN19 01JUN19 01JUN19 01JUN19
F2B 01SEP14 01SEP14 01SEP14 01FEB99 01NOV08
F3 22DEC07 22DEC07 22DEC07 15JUL00 01APR98
F4 15DEC06 15DEC06 15MAY05 15DEC98 01NOV98

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 01JUL16 01JUL16 01JUL16 01JAN15 01JUL16 01JUL16 01JUL16
2nd 01JAN17 01JAN17 01JAN17 02MAY09 01JAN17 01JAN17 01JAN17
3rd 01JUL16 01JUL16 01JUL16 01JAN06 01JUL16 01JUL16 01JUL16
Other Workers 01JUL16 22NOV07 01JUL16 01JAN06 01JUL16 01JUL16 01JUL16
4th C C 01JUL16 C 01JUL16 C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 01JUL16 C 01JUL16 C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 15OCT14 C 15OCT14 C C 15OCT14
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 15OCT14 C 15OCT14 C C 15OCT14
"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 01SEP18 01OCT17 01SEP18 01OCT17 01SEP18 01SEP18
2nd C 01FEB17 C 01JUN09  C C
3rd C 01JUN16 C 01APR10 C C
Other Workers C 01JUN08 C 01APR10 C C
4th C C 01SEP16 C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 01SEP16 C C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 15NOV14 C C C C
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 15NOV14 C C C C

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D. ESTABLISHMENT AND RETROGRESSION OF AUGUST EMPLOYMENT-BASED FINAL ACTION DATES

There has been a steadily increasing level of Employment applicant demand since late May for adjustment of status cases filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and there is no indication that this increase will end. Therefore, it has been necessary to establish or retrogress many of the August Final Action Dates in an effort to hold worldwide number use within the maximum allowed under the respective FY-2019 annual limits.

The implementation of the above mentioned dates is expected to be only a temporary issue. For October, the first month of fiscal year 2020, every effort will be made to return these final action dates to those which applied for July.

E. DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY 2020 (DV-2020) RESULTS

The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2020 diversity lottery. The diversity lottery was conducted under the terms of section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and makes available up to 55,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Approximately 83,884 applicants have been registered and notified and may now make an application for an immigrant visa. Since it is likely that some of the persons registered will not pursue their cases to visa issuance, this larger figure should insure that all DV-2020 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2020 (October 1, 2019 until September 30, 2020).

Applicants registered for the DV-2020 program were selected at random from 14,722,798 qualified entries (23,182,554 with derivatives) received during the 34-day application period that ran from noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, until noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, November 6, 2018. The visas have been apportioned among six geographic regions with a maximum of seven percent available to persons born in any single country. During the visa interview, principal applicants must provide proof of a high school education or its equivalent, or show two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience within the past five years. Those selected will need to act on their immigrant visa applications quickly. Applicants should follow the instructions in their notification letter and must fully complete the information requested.

Registrants living legally in the United States who wish to apply for adjustment of their status must contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for information on the requirements and procedures. Once the total available visa numbers have been used, the program for fiscal year 2020 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2020 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2020 registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2020 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2020.

Dates for the DV-2021 program registration period will be widely publicized in the coming months. Those interested in entering the DV-2021 program should check the Department of State’s Visa web page in the coming months.

The following is the statistical breakdown by foreign state of chargeability of those registered for the DV-2020 program:

AFRICA

ALGERIA 2,745

ESWATINI 0

NAMIBIA 6

ANGOLA 150

ETHIOPIA 1,974

NIGER 31

BENIN 443

GABON 34

RWANDA 603

BOTSWANA 2

GAMBIA, THE 25

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 0

BURKINA FASO 84

GHANA 1,343

SENEGAL 91

BURUNDI 228

GUINEA 271

SEYCHELLES 1

CABO VERDE 10

GUINEA-BISSAU 2

SIERRA LEONE 217

CAMEROON 1,589

KENYA 1,801

SOMALIA 72

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 5

LESOTHO 0

SOUTH AFRICA 162

CHAD 93

LIBERIA 1,142

SOUTH SUDAN 23

COMOROS 1

LIBYA 102

SUDAN 3,691

CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE 4,743

MADAGASCAR 9

TANZANIA 72

CONGO, REPUBLIC OF THE 258

MALAWI 4

TOGO 600

COTE D’IVOIRE 364

MALI 30

TUNISIA 82

DJIBOUTI 59

MAURITANIA 25

UGANDA 374

EGYPT 5,568

MAURITIUS 4

ZAMBIA 12

EQUATORIAL GUINEA 5

MOROCCO 2,202

ZIMBABWE 61

ERITREA 140

MOZAMBIQUE 9

ASIA

AFGHANISTAN 981

JAPAN 333

QATAR 72

BAHRAIN 10

JORDAN 633

SAUDI ARABIA 699

BHUTAN 27

KOREA, NORTH 11

SINGAPORE 15

BRUNEI 1

KUWAIT 165

SRI LANKA 765

BURMA 444

LAOS 64

SYRIA 265

CAMBODIA 790

LEBANON 135

TAIWAN 476

HONG KONG S.A.R. 92

MALAYSIA 68

THAILAND 127

INDONESIA 194

MALDIVES 2

TIMOR-LESTE 0

IRAN 4,101

MONGOLIA 265

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 206

IRAQ 615

NEPAL 3,696

YEMEN 550

ISRAEL 128

OMAN 11

EUROPE

ALBANIA 3,603

GREECE 48

NORTHERN IRELAND 13

ANDORRA 8

HUNGARY 84

NORWAY 12

ARMENIA 1,422

ICELAND 0

POLAND 384

AUSTRIA 38

IRELAND 19

PORTUGAL 12

AZERBAIJAN 899

ITALY 220

Macau 5

BELARUS 1,512

KAZAKHSTAN 1,584

ROMANIA 311

BELGIUM 32

KOSOVO 260

RUSSIA 5,118

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 40

KYRGYZSTAN 1,223

SERBIA 210

BULGARIA 343

LATVIA 68

SLOVAKIA 30

CROATIA 40

LIECHTENSTEIN 0

SLOVENIA 4

CYPRUS 5

LITHUANIA 151

SPAIN 99

CZECH REPUBLIC 31

LUXEMBOURG 0

SWEDEN 36

DENMARK 17

MACEDONIA 249

SWITZERLAND 49

ESTONIA 30

MALTA 6

TAJIKISTAN 1,401

FINLAND 15

MOLDOOVA 1,112

TURKEY 2,709

FRANCE 212

MONACO 3

TURKMENISTAN 515

New Caledonia 3

MONTENEGRO 35

UKRAINE 3,313

GEORGIA 1,131

NETHERLANDS 56

UZBEKISTAN 1,743

GERMANY 328

Aruba 3

VATICAN CITY 0

NORTH AMERICA

BAHAMAS, THE 20

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA 647

MICRONESIA, FEDERATED
STATES OF 0

SAMOA 4

Christmas Island 2

NAURU 6

SOLOMON ISLANDS 4

Cocos Keeling Islands 9

NEW ZEALAND 181

TONGA 42

Norfolk Island 1

Cook Islands 15

TUVALU 0

FIJI 435

Tokelau 1

VANUATU 7

KIRIBATI 12

PAPUA NEW GUINEA 11

MARSHALL ISLANDS 0

PALAU 1

SOUTH AMERICA

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 1

DOMINICA 0

PARAGUAY 9

ARGENTINA 30

ECUADOR 134

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS 0

BARBADOS 1

GRENADA 0

SAINT LUCIA 0

BELIZE 2

GUATEMALA 60

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES 0

BOLIVIA 22

GUYANA 3

SURINAME 0

CHILE 21

HONDURAS 58

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 19

COSTA RICA 12

NICARAGUA 23

URUGUAY 15

CUBA 2,703

PANAMA 8

VENEZUELA 1,068

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2020: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

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