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March 2019 Visa Bulletin

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

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

March 2019 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from March 1 to March 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 22OCT11
22OCT11 22OCT11 01AUG97 01APR07
F2A 08JAN17 08JAN17 08JAN17 15DEC16 08JAN17
F2B 01AUG12 01AUG12 01AUG12 22SEP97 22JUL07
F3 08SEP06 08SEP06 08SEP06 15JAN96  01JAN96
F4 22SEP05 22SEP05 08JUL04 08FEB98 01JAN96
"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 22APR12 22APR12 22APR12 22SEP99 01APR08
F2A 08DEC17 08DEC17 08DEC17 08DEC17 08DEC17
F2B 22JUN14 22JUN14 22JUN14 08FEB98 22JAN08
F3 01MAR07 01MAR07 01MAR07 08JUN00 01SEP97
F4 22JUN06 22JUN06 08FEB05 08NOV98 08JAN98

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 01JAN18 22FEB17 01JAN18 22FEB17 01JAN18 01JAN18 01JAN18
2nd C 01JAN16 C 09APR09 C C C
3rd C 08JUL15 C 22MAY09 C 01DEC17 C
Other Workers C 15AUG07 C 22MAY09 C 01DEC17 C
4th C C 01MAR16 C 01JAN18 C C
Certain Religious Workers U U U U U U U
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 08SEP14 C C C C 15JUL16
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 01JUN18 01OCT17 01JUN18 01OCT17 01JUN18 01JUN18
2nd C 01MAY16 C 22MAY09  C C
3rd C 01JAN16 C 01APR10 C 01MAR18
Other Workers C 01JUN08 C 01APR10 C 01MAR18
4th C C 01MAY16 C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 01MAY16 C C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 01OCT14 C C C C
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 01OCT14 C C C C

Special Notice from USCIS:(Show/Hide)

D. SCHEDULED EXPIRATION OF TWO EMPLOYMENT VISA CATEGORIES

Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR):

Pursuant to the continuing resolution, signed on January 25, 2019, the non-minister special immigrant program expires on February 15, 2019. No SR visas may be issued overseas, or final action taken on adjustment of status cases, after midnight February 14, 2019. Visas issued prior to this date will only be issued with a validity date of February 14, 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 February 14, 2019.

The final action date for this category has been listed as “Unavailable” for March. If there is legislative action extending this category for FY-2019, the final action date would immediately become “Current” for March for all countries except El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras which would be subject to a March 1, 2016 final action date, and for Mexico which would be subject to a January 1, 2018 date.

Employment Fifth Preference Categories (I5 and R5):

The continuing resolution signed on January 25, 2019 extended this immigrant investor pilot program until February 15, 2019. The I5 and R5 visas may be issued until close of business on February 15, 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 February 15, 2019.

The final action dates for the I5 and R5 categories have been listed as “Unavailable” for March. If there is legislative action extending them for FY-2019, the final action dates would immediately become “Current” for March for all countries except China-mainland born I5 and R5 which would be subject to a September 8, 2014 final action date and Vietnam, which would be subject to a July 15, 2016 final action date.


Also See:

      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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