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December 2019 Visa Bulletin

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

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

December 2019 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from December 1 to December 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 15MAY13
15MAY13 15MAY13 08AUG97 01NOV08
F2A C C C C C
F2B 08AUG14 08AUG14 08AUG14 22AUG98 01DEC08
F3 08NOV07 08NOV07 08NOV07 22FEB96 01SEP98
F4 01FEB07 01FEB07 01NOV04 15DEC97 15DEC98
"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 15NOV13 15NOV13 15NOV13 15NOV99 01MAY09
F2A 01OCT19 01OCT19 01OCT19 01OCT19 01OCT19
F2B 08FEB15 08FEB15 08FEB15 22APR99 01JUN09
F3 15MAY08 15MAY08 15MAY08 15JUL00 01MAR99
F4 22JUL07 22JUL07 01JUL05 01JAN99 15JUN99

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 15JUL18 15MAY17 15JUL18 01JAN15 15JUL18 15JUL18 15JUL18
2nd C 22JUN15 C 15MAY09 C C C
3rd C 01NOV15 C 01JAN09 C 01MAR18 C
Other Workers C 01MAR08 C 01JAN09 C 01MAR18 C
4th C C 01JUL16 C 22JUL17 C C
Certain Religious Workers U U U U U U U
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 15NOV14 C 01JAN18 C C 01DEC16
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
U U U U U U U
"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 C 01SEP17 C 15MAR17 C C
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 15MAY15 C C C C
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 15MAY15 C C C C

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D. SCHEDULED 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 “Unavailable” for December for all countries.

If there is legislative action extending this category for FY 2020, the final action date would immediately become “Current” for December for all countries except El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, which would be subject to a July 1, 2016 final action date, and Mexico, which would be subject to a July 22, 2017 final action date.

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 “Unavailable” for December.

If there is legislative action extending the categories for FY 2020, the final action dates would immediately become “Current” for December for all countries except China-mainland born I5 and R5, which would be subject to a November 15, 2014 final action date; India I5 and R5, which would be subject to a January 1, 2018 final action date; and Vietnam I5 and R5, which would be subject to a December 1, 2016 final action date.

E. EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA AVAILABILTY IN THE COMING MONTHS

In recent weeks there has been a steadily increasing level of Employment-based demand for adjustment of status cases filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Continuation of the current demand pattern would require the establishment of final action dates in the Employment Second, Third, and Third Other Worker preference categories as early as January. Such action would be required in an effort to hold number use within those FY 2020 annual limits.

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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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