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October 2019 Visa Bulletin

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

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

October 2019 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from October 1 to October 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 15JAN13
15JAN13 15JAN13 08AUG97 01JUL08
F2A C C C C C
F2B 01JUN14 01JUN14 01JUN14 01AUG98 01SEP08
F3 15SEP07 15SEP07 15SEP07 22FEB96 01APR98
F4 22NOV06 22NOV06 01OCT04 15DEC97 08JUL98
"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 15JUL13 15JUL13 15JUL13 15NOV99 01JAN09
F2A 01AUG19 01AUG19 01AUG19 01AUG19 01AUG19
F2B 01DEC14 01DEC14 01DEC14 01APR99 01MAR09
F3 15MAR08 15MAR08 15MAR08 15JUL00 01OCT98
F4 15MAY07 15MAY07 01JUN05 01JAN99 08JAN99

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 22APR18 01NOV16 22APR18 01JAN15 22APR18 22APR18 22APR18
2nd C 01JAN15 C 12MAY09 C C C
3rd C 01NOV15 C 01JAN09 C 15OCT17 C
Other Workers C 01JAN08 C 01JAN09 C 15OCT17 C
4th C C 01JUL16 C 01MAY17 C C
Certain Religious Workers U U U U U U U
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 22OCT14 C 22NOV17 C C 15OCT16
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 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

Special Notice from USCIS:(Show/Hide)

D. SCHEDULED EXPIRATION OF TWO EMPLOYMENT VISA CATEGORIES

Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR):

Pursuant to Section 102 of Division H, Title I of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law 116-6), the non-minister special immigrant program expires on September 30, 2019. No SR visas may be issued overseas, or final action taken on adjustment of status cases, after midnight September 29, 2019. Visas issued prior to this date will only be issued with a validity date of September 29, 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 September 29, 2019.

The final action date for this category has been listed as “Unavailable” for October.

If there is legislative action extending this category for FY-2020, the final action date would immediately become “Current” for October 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 May 1, 2017 final action date.

Employment Fifth Preference Categories (I5 and R5):

Section 104 of Division H, Title I of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law 116-6) extended this immigrant investor pilot program until September 30, 2019. The I5 and R5 visas may be issued until close of business on September 30, 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 September 30, 2019.

The final action dates for the I5 and R5 categories have been listed as “Unavailable” for October.

If there is legislative action extending them for FY-2020, the final action dates would immediately become “Current” for October for all countries except China-mainland born I5 and R5 which would be subject to an October 22, 2014 final action date, India which would be subject to a November 22, 2017 final action date, and Vietnam I5 and R5 which would be subject to an October 15, 2016 final action date.

E. VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS

FAMILY-sponsored categories (potential monthly movement)

Worldwide dates:

F1: Up to two months
F2A: CURRENT, corrective action should be expected by February
F2B: Up to six weeks
F3: Up to one month
F4: Up to six weeks

EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential monthly movement)

Employment First:

WORLDWIDE: Up to three months

China: Up to three months

India: Little if any forward movement

Employment Second:

Worldwide: Current

China: Up to two months

India: Up to one week

Employment Third:

Worldwide: Current

China: Little if any forward movement

India: Little if any forward movement

Mexico: Will remain at the Worldwide date

Philippines: Up to several months

Employment Fourth: Current for most countries

El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras: Little if any forward movement

Mexico: Up to four months

Employment Fifth: The category will remain “Current” for most countries

China, India, and Vietnam: Too early to predict

The above final action date projections for the Family and Employment categories indicate what is likely to happen on a monthly basis through January. The determination of the actual monthly final action dates is subject to fluctuations in applicant demand and a number of other variables.


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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