The Department of State (DOS) has issued its January 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were steady advancements for all priority dates.

EB-1-Worldwide:

China:                      Priority date of December 15, 2016 (Advancement of 105 days)

India:                       Priority date of December 15, 2016 (Advancement of 105 days)

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: October 1, 2017 (Advancement of 92 days)

Mexico:                   Priority date of October 1, 2017 (Advancement of 92 days)

Philippines:             Priority date of October 1, 2017 (Advancement of 92 days)

Vietnam:                 Priority date of October 1, 2017 (Advancement of 92 days)

Other areas:           Priority date of October 1, 2017 (Advancement of 92 days)

EB-2-Worldwide:     Priority dates are current, except:

China:                      Priority date of August 1, 2015 (Advancement of 31 days)

India:                       Priority date of April 1, 2009 (No advancement)

EB-3-Worldwide:     Priority dates are current, except:

China:                      Priority date of June 8, 2015 (No advancement)

India:                        Priority date of March 1, 2009 (No advancement)

Philippines:             Priority date of June 22, 2017 (Advancement of 7 days)

 

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 January 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 January 2019.  The dates listed above are the Application Final Action Dates.

Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim

There is no January 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 contact SW Law Group if you have any further questions regarding these developments.