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June 2019 Visa Bulletin Released

May 15, 2019

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released today the June 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably the June 2019 sees significant retrogression in the EB-1 India category, with the institution of a cut-off date of January 1, 2015. For foreign nationals born in India, the EB-1 category has always been ‘the option’ to pursue as it afforded individuals the opportunity to receive their immigrant visa much faster than if it were processed under the EB-2 or EB-3 categories. While frustrating and alarming, the Department of State did state in Section D of the June 2019 Visa Bulletin that the retrogression is expected to be temporary, with the category returning to at least February 22, 2017, in October, the first month of fiscal year 2020. Further updates will be provided as we monitor the movement of the monthly visa bulletin.

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 in order 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: For the month of May, USCIS has made a determination to accept applications based on the Final Action Dates Chart (Chart A) for the employment-based categories and applications based on the Dates for Filing Chart (Chart B) for the family-based categories. At this time, USCIS has not announced whether it will be accepting pre-filings for any employment-based or family-based categories for the month of June. EIG will continue to monitor the situation and provide an update once USCIS has made a determination. For more information, please visit the USCIS website.

The June 2019 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 if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of April 22, 2018. These categories advanced by 1 month 21 days.
  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of February 22, 2017. This category remains unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of January 1, 2015. This category has retrogressed by 2 years 1 month.
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 August 1, 2016. This category advanced by 2 months. 
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of April 19, 2009This category advanced by 3 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. 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 September 15, 2015This category advanced by 24 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 July 1, 2009This category remains unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in the Philippines are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of November 1, 2018. This category advanced by 5 months.
EB-4
  • 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 March 22, 2016This category advanced by 14 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 October 1, 2018This category advanced by 2 months. 
  • Persons in the worldwide quota, China, India, the Philippines or Vietnam are currentThese categories remain unchanged.

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 October 1, 2014This category advanced by 9 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 October 1, 2016This category advanced by 1 month 9 days.
  • Persons in the worldwide quota, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, or the Philippines are currentThis category remains 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, Vietnam, or in the worldwide quota are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of September 1, 2018. 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 October 1, 2017. This category remains unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of October 1, 2017. This category remains unchanged.
EB-2
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, or in the worldwide quota are currentThese 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 1, 2016This category advanced by 2 months. 
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of June 1, 2009This category remains unchanged.
EB-3
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, or in the worldwide quota are current. 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 January 1, 2016This 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 April 1, 2010This category remains unchanged. 
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in the Philippines are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of January 1, 2019This category advanced by 3 months. 
EB-4 
  • Persons in the worldwide quota, El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of September 1, 2016This category advanced by 2 months.
  • Persons in the worldwide quota, China, India, Mexico, the Philippines, or Vietnam are currentThis category remains unchanged.
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 November 1, 2014. This category advanced by 17 days.
  • Persons in the worldwide quota, India, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines or Vietnam are current. These categories remain unchanged.
The complete Visa Bulletin for June 2019 can be found here.