Monday, December 17, 2018

JANUARY 2019 VISA BULLETIN

The Department of State has just issued the January 2019 Visa Bulletin. This is the fourth Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2019. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin.

January 2019 Visa Bulletin


Table A: Final Action Dates -- Applications with these dates may be approved for their Green Card (Permanent Residency card) or Immigrant Visa appointment.
EB 
Class 
All Other  
CHINA       
INDIA     
PHILIPPINES    
EB-1
01OCT17
15DEC16
01DEC16
01OCT17
EB-2
C
01AUG15
01APR09 
C
EB-3
C
08JUN15
01MAR09 
22JUN17    


Table B: Dates for Filing -- The DOS may work on applications with these dates. But the Visa cannot be approved until the date is current per Table A.
EB 
Class 
All Other  
CHINA       
INDIA     
PHILIPPINES    
EB-1
01JUN18
01OCT17
01OCT17
01JUN18
EB-2
C
08SEP15
22MAY09 
C
EB-3
01JAN16
01JAN10 

01AUG17      

MU Law Analysis (all references are to Table A unless noted)

All Other, Mexico: As we expected, the EB-1 category again moved several months.  We expect continued steady movement in this category for All Other.  We do not see any retrogression in the future for EB2 or EB3, other than the usual retrogression at the end of the Fiscal Year.

China: Likewise, the China EB-1 category progressed several months. This category may not move as fast as All Other in the next few Visa Bulletins. China EB-2 moved two months,
EB-3 did not advance, reflecting high demand.  Still, we expect EB-3 to slightly outpace EB-2 in the next few Visa Bulletins.

India: India EB-2 and EB-3 did not move. We expect the slow/no progress to be standard for EB-2 in the first part of FY 2019.  We are slightly more optimistic about India EB-3.

Philippines: The EB-3 date again also only moved up by week, which is slower than we would have liked to have seen.  While over the course of FY2019, we should eventually see the EB-3 priority date extend into FY2018, we do not expect too much movement in the next few Visa Bulletins.

8 comments:

  1. Good day MU! My PD is august 30 2017 eb3 phil, do you think it will be current in Vb feb 2019 or march 2019? thank you in advance and more power!

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    1. I think it is possible that you are current Spring 2019.

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  2. Dear MU,
    We had our embassy interview two weeks back and they said everything was approved. But, two days back they emailed me saying that to sign 'statement of marriageable age applicant' for my older kids. But they have not told us how to send it back to them. Should we sign, scan and send it back to same email address or original signed copy post to the embassy. Please help...We are in UK.
    Thanks a lot.

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    1. If we are your attorney, please forward the Embassy's email to MU.

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  3. Hello MU

    My emoloyer said that my h1b waa already approved but my status on USCIS website was still rfe recieved, another thing is that they are still looking for hospitals in the US for possible employment, can this really happen?

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    1. That sounds unusual. Having said that, the USCIS webpage is often inaccurate.

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  4. Hi MU. My PD is Jul 18,2018. What is your prediction of when will I become current. Thanks.

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