The Department of State (DOS) has issued its January 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was a small advancement for EB-3 China after several months of no advancement.

EB-1-Worldwide:

China:                      Priority date of May 22, 2017 (Advancement of 7 days)

India:                       Priority date of January 1, 2015 (No Advancement)

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: October 1, 2018 (Advancement of 79 days)

Mexico:                   Priority date of October 1, 2018 (Advancement of 79 days)

Philippines:             Priority date of October 1, 2018 (Advancement of 79 days)

Vietnam:                 Priority date of October 1, 2018 (Advancement of 79 days)

Other areas:           Priority date of October 1, 2018 (Advancement of 79 days)

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

China:                      Priority date of July 1, 2015 (Advancement of 10 days)

India:                       Priority date of May 18, 2009 (Advancement of 3 days)

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

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

India:                        Priority date of January 1, 2009 (No Advancement)

Philippines:             Priority date of March 15, 2018 (Advancement of 14 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 2020 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 2020.  The dates listed above are the Application Final Action Dates.

Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim

There is no January 2020 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.