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Immigration Law

Visa Bulletin for January 2020

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) 

Worldwide dates:

F1: Up to six weeks 
F2A: Final Action Date established
F2B: Up to three weeks
F3: One to three weeks
F4: Once the retrogression occurs that date is likely to be held for a period of time 

EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential monthly movement)  

Employment First:

WORLDWIDE: Rapid forward movement expected, potentially becoming Current
China: Up to three weeks
India: Little if any forward movement is expected   

Employment Second:

Worldwide: A date will most likely be imposed at some point during the second half of the fiscal year
China: Up to one month
India: Up to one week       

Employment Third:

Worldwide: A date will most likely be imposed no later than March
China: Up to six weeks 
India: Up to three weeks
Mexico: Will remain at the Worldwide date
Philippines: 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 May
India: A date will most likely be imposed no later than July
Mexico: 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 pace
India: Likely to advance at a very rapid pace until the level of demand increases
Vietnam: 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."