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July 2020 Visa Bulletin Released

June 17, 2020

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the July 2020 Visa Bulletin. As reported in the July Visa Bulletin, Final Action Dates for all employment-based categories have remained mostly unchanged in comparison to June. The employment-based categories with more significant movement are in the EB-1 category for India, which advanced by 11 months and in EB-5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) category also for India, which advanced by 5 months and 16 days and is current. The EB-3 category for all countries except China and India advanced by 5 months and 7 days.

In the upcoming month, due to the immigrant visa availability, USCIS, on its website, will determine what chart will be used for adjustment of status applications. Applicants must use the Final Action Dates chart unless USCIS provides that you may use the Dates for Filing chart.

The EIG team is closely monitoring changes to the monthly visa bulletin and determining the best plan of action for each case. We will be reaching out to individuals whose priority date will be current next month to initiate the next step of the green card process. We have also summarized frequently asked questions in our August 8th Issue of the EIG Dispatch. We encourage you to read this article to have a better grasp of the visa bulletin and to understand what your priority date means.

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, USCIS has not indicated whether it will be using Chart A or B for July. For more information, please visit the USCIS website.

The July 2020 Visa Bulletin can be found here and is summarized below:

Application Final Action Dates (dates when visas may be issued)

EB-1
  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Vietnam, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged. 
  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of August 22, 2017. This category advanced by 7 days.
  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of May 8, 2017. This category advanced by 11 months.
EB-2
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Vietnam, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of November 8, 2015. This category advanced by 7 days. 
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of July 8, 2009. This category advanced by 26 days. 
EB-3
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Vietnam, or in the worldwide quota are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of April 15, 2018. This category advanced by five months and seven days.
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of June 22, 2016. This category advanced by 7 days.
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of June 1, 2009. This category advanced by 2 months.
EB-4
  • Persons in the EB-4 category born in China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-4 category and born in El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of February 1, 2017. This category advanced by 1 month and 17 days.
  • Persons in the EB-4 category and born in Mexico are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of June 15, 2018. This category advanced by 7 days.

EB-5

  • Persons in the EB-5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of July 22, 2015. This category advanced by 7 days.
  • Persons in the EB-5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) category and born in Vietnam are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of May 15, 2017. This category advanced by 23 days.
  • Persons in the EB-5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) category and born in India are currentThis category has advanced by 5 months and 16 days.
  • Persons in the EB-5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) category and born in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, or in the worldwide are current. These categories remain unchanged.

Dates for Filing Applications (earliest dates when applicants may be able to apply)

EB-1

  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of November 1, 2017. This category advanced by 1 month.
  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of August 1, 2017. This category advanced by 4 months and 17 days.
EB-2

  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in  El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of August 1, 2016. This category remains unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of August 15, 2009. This category advanced by 1 month and 14 days. 
EB-3

  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, or in the worldwide quota are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of April 1, 2019. These categories remain unchanged. 
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of March 1, 2017. This category remains unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of February 1, 2010. This category remains unchanged. 
EB-4 
  • Persons in the EB-4 category and born in China, India, Mexico, the Philippines, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-4 category and born in El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of May 1, 2017. This category advanced by 3 months.
EB-5
  • Persons in the EB-5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of December 15, 2015. This category remains unchanged.
  • Persons in the worldwide quota, India, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, or the Philippines are current. These categories remain unchanged.

The complete Visa Bulletin for July 2020 can be found here.