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Visa Bulletin for January 2020
Notes E & F:
"E. FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS
F2A: In July this category was made “Current” in an effort to generate new demand for use under the annual limit. Information received during discussions with the National Visa Center indicates that this action has finally begun to have the intended results. Therefore, it is likely that a final action date will be imposed within the next few months. This action is unlikely to have any negative impact on those who have already acted on their case in a timely manner prior to the announcement of the January final action dates.
F4: It had been necessary to advance the “Rest of World” final action date at a very rapid pace in an effort to generate sufficient demand to reach the annual limit throughout the past two fiscal years. While such movements had produced the desired results with the limit, the level of demand never increased at an equivalent pace.
That pattern has changed in recent months resulting in a dramatic increase in the level of Family-sponsored Fourth preference demand. This sustained level of demand will require the retrogression of the “Rest of World” final action date, which is likely to occur for February. Such action would be required in an effort to hold number use within the category’s FY 2020 annual limit.
F. VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS
FAMILY-sponsored categories (potential monthly movement)
F1: Up to six weeks F2A: Final Action Date establishedF2B: Up to three weeksF3: One to three weeksF4: Once the retrogression occurs that date is likely to be held for a period of time
EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential monthly movement)
WORLDWIDE: Rapid forward movement expected, potentially becoming CurrentChina: Up to three weeksIndia: Little if any forward movement is expected
Worldwide: A date will most likely be imposed at some point during the second half of the fiscal yearChina: Up to one monthIndia: Up to one week
Worldwide: A date will most likely be imposed no later than MarchChina: Up to six weeks India: Up to three weeksMexico: Will remain at the Worldwide datePhilippines: Up to one month
Employment Third – Other Workers:
Worldwide: A date will most likely be imposed no later than March
Employment Fourth: Current for most countries
El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras: Little if any movement through MayIndia: A date will most likely be imposed no later than JulyMexico: Limited forward movement
Employment Fifth: The category will remain “Current” for most countries
China: It may be possible to advance the date at a slightly faster paceIndia: Likely to advance at a very rapid pace until the level of demand increasesVietnam: Limited forward movement
The above final action date projections for the Family and Employment categories indicate what is likely to happen on a monthly basis through April or May. The determination of the actual monthly final action dates is subject to fluctuations in applicant demand and a number of other variables."