The Department of State (DOS) has issued its March 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were significant retrogressions for EB-3 all chargeability areas except for China and India.

EB-1-Worldwide:

China:                      Priority date of June 1, 2017 (Advancement of 11 days)

India:                       Priority date of March 1, 2015 (Advancement of 60 days)

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: March 1, 2019 (Advancement of 91 days)

Mexico:                   Priority date of March 1, 2019 (Advancement of 91 days)

Philippines:             Priority date of March 1, 2019 (Advancement of 91 days)

Vietnam:                 Priority date of March 1, 2019 (Advancement of 91 days)

Other areas:           Priority date of March 1, 2019 (Advancement of 91 days)

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

China:                      Priority date of August 15, 2015 (Advancement of 46 days)

India:                       Priority date of May 22, 2009 (Advancement of 3 days)

EB-3-Worldwide:

China:                      Priority date of March 22, 2016 (Advancement of 82 days)

India:                        Priority date of January 15, 2009 (Advancement of 7 days)

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: January 1, 2017 (Retrogression)

Mexico:                   Priority date of January 1, 2017 (Retrogression)

Philippines:             Priority date of January 1, 2017 (Retrogression)

Vietnam:                 Priority date of January 1, 2017 (Retrogression)

Other areas:           Priority date of January 1, 2017 (Retrogression)

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 March 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 March 2020.  The dates listed above are the Application Final Action Dates.

Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim

There is no March 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.