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April 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The April 2020 Visa Bulletin was released late last week. No particularly major changes to report this month.

 

Commentary:

 

April 2020

 

For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category priority date remains current, F2B preference advances 47 days to a PD of 1 November 2014, F4 category remains at 1 July 2006; EB1 advances 92 days to 1 June 2019; EB2 remains current; and EB3 remains at a PD of 1 January 2017.

 

For India only: F2A category remains current, F2B preference advances 47 days to 1 November 2014, F4 advances 14 days to a PD of 22 December 2004; EB1 advances 61 days to a PD of 1 May 2015; EB2 advances 3 days to 25 May 2009; EB3 advances 7 days to a PD of 22 January 2009; EB5 Non-Regional Center and Regional Center advances 71 days to a PD of 1 January 2019.

 

For China only: EB1 advances 7 days to a PD of 8 June 2017; EB2 advances 17 days to a PD of 1 September 2015; EB3 advances 24 days to a PD of 15 April 2016; EB5 Non-Regional Center and Regional Center remains at a PD of 15 May 2015.

 

For Vietnam only: EB5 Non-Regional Center and Regional Center advances 24 days to a PD of 8 February 2017.

 

Can file your immigrant applications if PD before:

 

F2A 1 February 2020; F2B 1 July 2015 for All Areas, except 1 August 1999 for Mexico and 1 October 2010 for Philippines; F4 25 July 2007 for All Areas, except 22 August 2005 for India, 15 January 1999 for Mexico, and 1 January 2001 for Philippines.

 

EB1 Current for all countries, except 1 October 2017 for China and 15 March 2017 for India; EB2 All countries except India and China are current; EB3 1 January 2019 for all countries except India, China, and Philippines; EB2 India remains at 1 July 2009; EB3 India remains at 1 February 2010; EB2 China remains at 1 August 2016; EB3 China remains at 1 March 2017; EB5 China (RC and Non-RC) remains at 15 December 2015; Vietnam is not individually listed and should use the all countries category.

 

Notes from Tahmina:

 

In light of the No-RFE memo as well the NTA memos, it is important that those waiting to receive their green cards maintain their underlying visa status.

 

Notes copied from the Department of State regarding Visa availability:

 

D.  DIVERSITY VISA (DV) AVAILABILTY IN THE COMING MONTHS

The May rank cut-off movements for all DV regions continue to be greater than might ordinarily have been expected, in order to generate applicant demand under the respective annual limits.  This is because fewer DV applicants are actively pursuing  final action on their cases at consular posts abroad, and the volume of USCIS adjustment cases remains low. If large numbers of applicants eventually do begin to have their cases brought to final action, rank cut-off date movements will necessarily slow or stop, and retrogression would become a possibility.  At this time, it is not possible to say when such action might be required, but late summer would be the most likely time.

 

 

 

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