The Department of State (DOS) has issued its August 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there is a significant backlog worldwide for EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3.

EB-1-Worldwide:

China:                      Priority date of July 1, 2016 (Regression of 312 days)

India:                       Priority date of January 15, 2015 (No Advancement)

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: July 1, 2016 (Regression of 661 days)

Mexico:                   Priority date of July 1, 2016 (Regression of 661 days)

Philippines:             Priority date of July 1, 2016 (Regression of 661 days)

Vietnam:                 Priority date of July 1, 2016 (Regression of 661 days)

Other areas:           Priority date of July 1, 2016 (Regression of 661 days)

EB-2-Worldwide:

China:                      Priority date of January 1, 2017 (Advancement of 62 days)

India:                       Priority date of May 2, 2009 (Advancement of 9 days)

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: January 1, 2017 (No longer current)

Mexico:                   Priority date of January 1, 2017 (No longer current)

Philippines:             Priority date of January 1, 2017 (No longer current)

Vietnam:                 Priority date of January 1, 2017 (No longer current)

Other areas:           Priority date of January 1, 2017 (No longer current)

EB-3-Worldwide:

China:                      Priority date of July 1, 2016 (Advancement of 182 days)

India:                        Priority date of January 1, 2006 (Regression of 1278 days)

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: July 1, 2016 (No longer current)

Mexico:                   Priority date of July 1, 2016 (No longer current)

Philippines:             Priority date of July 1, 2016 (No longer current)

Vietnam:                 Priority date of July 1, 2016 (No longer current)

Other areas:           Priority date of July 1, 2016 (No longer current)

USCIS ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS DATES

If USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for a fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, the USCIS will state on www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo that you may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart in the Department of State August 2019 Visa Bulletin. Otherwise, USCIS will indicate on their web site that you must use the Application Final Action Dates chart to determine when you may file your adjustment of status application in the United States.  Currently, as of this publication, the USCIS has not determined which chart to use for August 2019.  The dates listed above are the Application Final Action Dates.

Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim

There is no August 2019 analysis or predictions from Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS).  Charlie Oppenheim is responsible for analyzing and predicting immigrant preference categories. SW Law Group will post any updated analysis and predictions from Charlie Oppenheim if such information is released this month.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any further questions regarding this matter.