Tuesday, June 4, 2019


The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin guru, Charlie Oppenheim, hosts regular meetings with the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  Mr. Oppenheim is the Department of State’s Chief of the Control and Reporting Division. He is the officer who is responsible for producing the Visa Bulletin each month.

In May he presented at the Federal Bar Association – Immigration Law where he outlined his expectations for future Visa Bulletins.

Here are some of his expectations:


Philippines EB-3 will become current with the publication of the July Visa Bulletin.  It is expected to remain current well into the next fiscal year.  Philippines EB1 and EB-2 will also remain current.


Both EB-2 and EB-3 categories will only have slow progressions for the foreseeable future.  While lower Worldwide EB-2 demand may allow some advancement, it does not appear that this will be the case or EB-3.  EB-1 will also not advance, although EB-1 should return to Feb 2017 with the start of the next fiscal year.


China EB-3 should advance into 2016 with the next Visa Bulletin.  China EB-2 will move into late 2016.  The inversion of these dates is no longer likely. 


EB-3 will remain current for the foreseeable future.  EB-2 may have a slight retrogression later in the summer.  The EB-1 date will remain unmoved.


  1. This is not good news for INDIA where they are stalling almost all the employment categories. What was the need for eb3 INDIA FD to be moved to March 2010 when it will be stuck at July 1st 2009. What is meant by foreseeable future when there are only two visa bulletins left for this fiscal year? Will EB3 INDIA ever move beyond July 1st 2009 this FY or even next FY? We don't understand why inventory numbers wouldn't be released atleast CO's statement should be clear for us to make life decisions carefully. Wish I can throw in a RFE for these statements :-_)

  2. How many months do you think will be the retrogression for EB3 Philippines for the August and September 2019 Visa bulletin? Thank you


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