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February 2020 Visa Bulletin

For January 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-january-2020.aspx

For analysis of February 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-analysis-february-2020.aspx

February 2020 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from February 1 to February 29 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 22AUG13
22AUG13 22AUG13 22AUG97 01APR09
F2A C C C C C
F2B 22AUG14 22AUG14 22AUG14 15SEP98 01MAY09
F3 22NOV07 22NOV07 22NOV07 22MAR96 01MAY99
F4 01JUL06 01JUL06 22NOV04 15JAN98 01JUL99
"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 22MAR14 22MAR14 22MAR14 15NOV99 01OCT09
F2A 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19
F2B 22APR15 22APR15 22APR15 15MAY99 01NOV09
F3 22JUL08 22JUL08 22JUL08 15JUL00 01NOV99
F4 22JUL07 22JUL07 22JUL05 01JAN99 01JAN00

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 01DEC18 22MAY17 01DEC18 01JAN15 01DEC18 01DEC18 01DEC18
2nd C 15JUL15 C 19MAY09 C C C
3rd C 01JAN16 C 08JAN09 C 01JUN18 C
Other Workers C 01MAY08 C 08JAN09 C 01JUN18 C
4th C C 01JUL16 C 01SEP17 C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 01JUL16 C 01SEP17 C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 01DEC14 C 01SEP18 C C 15DEC16
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 01DEC14 C 01SEP18 C C 15DEC16
"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 01OCT17 C 15MAR17 C C
2nd C 01AUG16 C 01JUL09  C C
3rd 01JAN19 01MAR17 01JAN19 01FEB10 01JAN19 01JAN19
Other Workers 01JAN19 01AUG08 01JAN19 01FEB10 01JAN19 01JAN19
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

Special Notice from USCIS:(Show/Hide)

D. RETROGRESSION OF THE “REST OF WORLD” FAMILY FOURTH PREFERENCE FINAL ACTION DATE

As reported in item E of the January Visa Bulletin (number 37), the final action date for the “Rest of World” Family Fourth preference (F4) had been advanced at a very rapid pace during the past two years to generate the required level of demand. The dramatic increase in the level of applicant demand currently being received has required the retrogression of that final action date for the month of February. This has been done in an effort to hold number use within the annual numerical limitation. It is likely that this date will remain in effect for at least the next several months.

E. EMPLOYMENT-BASED THIRD AND THIRD OTHER WORKER VISA AVAILABILTY FOR MARCH

Since October there has been a consistently high level of Employment-based demand, primarily for adjustment of status cases filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This trend is particularly apparent in the Employment Third and Third preference Other Worker categories. Unless there is a sudden and dramatic decrease in the level of such demand, it will be necessary to implement a “Rest of World” final action date for the month of March.


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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