Tuesday, February 18, 2020

MARCH 2020 VISA BULLETIN: RETROGRESSION FOR EB3

The Department of State has just issued the March 2020 Visa Bulletin. This is the sixth Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2020. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin.

March 2020 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.

Employment-
based
All Other
CHINA
INDIA
PHILIPPINES
1st
01MAR19
01JUN17
01MAR15
01MAR19
2nd
C
15AUG15
22MAY09
C
3rd
01JAN17
22MAR16
15JAN09
01JAN17

MU Law Analysis

All Other: The All Other EB-1 had a four-month progression and the EB-2 category remained current.  Both should stay in their current ranges for the foreseeable future.  The EB-3 is retrogressed back to Jan 2017.  This retrogression occurred in all categories, except for China and India, where the retrogression is worse.  No forward movement is expected in EB3 for the rest of the fiscal year.  Demand in All Other EB-3 Adjustment of Status cases is responsible for the retrogression.

China: All Chinese EBs improved slightly.  Chinese EB-3 will not progress beyond the January 2017 retrogression date in all other EB-3 categories.

India:  There was virtually no progress for India.  We continue to expect very little progress in either category in future months.

Philippines:  The Philippine EB-3 number continues to confound.   We were encouraged by the three-month progression in EB-3 in February, only to be surprised by the retrogression back to January 2017.  Adding to the complexity is that virtually no Philippine EB-3s have been issued at Manila since the beginning of the year

41 comments:

  1. Greetings Atty! What if i already have a P4 Letter for February Interview but decided to reschedule it to March, will it still push through? Thanks!

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    1. It will not push through unless your PD is before the retrogression date

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  2. Atty. Does this mean EB3 for Phil will remain the same until the end of FY?

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    1. Unfortunately it looks like it will remain the same until the end of the FY

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    2. Pretty much too long for waiting? My PD is January 2019. Very long retrogession

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  3. Hello. I got DQ'd by NVC last january 15, 2020. My priority date is March 2007. How long do i have to wait for a visa interview date? Thank you!

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  4. Will the retrogression of EB-3 for March 2020 affect the issuance of Visa for those who are interviewed already in the Embassy?

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    1. Your case will not push through unless your PD is before the retrogression date.

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  5. I was interviewed today. Will it affect my visa issuance? The retro is for march right?

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  7. any updates from charlie oppenheim regarding the retrogression?

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  8. My priority date April 2007.Does this affect my visa processing?

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  9. Hi Atty! I have rescheduled my interview to March. Would you recommend scheduling it back to February, even with the ongoing Manila embassy issue? Thank you!

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    1. I would need to know your case to give out specific information.

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  10. Hi Atty! Will it affect the scheduling of Visa interview? My PD is October 2017.

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  11. Hi Sir! I want to ask if table 2 will progress soon?? my PD is August 2019.. Just received my fee bill invoice.. Its been 2 months with no movement.

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  12. Hi Atty. Me and my Husband interviewed already last week at UAE Embassy then the consul congratulate us after, then after two days we checked our CEAC account and for my Husband status changed to ISSUED VISA, but for me (Im the main applicant) as expected my status at ceac on AP administrative process due to I wasnt able to show my Visa screen, still waiting my ielts result this week..My PD is May 2018... this retrogression happened will affect the issuance of my Visa even I will submit my Visa screen this week????
    Thanks

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    1. If the visa is not issued by March 1 then you will be effected by the retrogression unfortunately.

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  13. Hi Atty., with what happen in the Philippines with all 221g and denied visa application, is it ok to change the interview location from Philippines to UAE even if the nurse is already scheduled for interview this Friday Feb 21? Done with the medicals as well.

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    1. Yes- you can always try to move the interview

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    2. Thank you Attorney! So i just have to send an email to nvc through their public inquiry form? Then attached documents as evidence of the legal status in the desired country, right?

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  14. Hallo, what is the possibility of this retrogression changing to favour (schedule A)nurses from other countries other than India, Philippines or China?

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    1. I'm sorry. I don't understand your question.

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  15. hello atty! do you feel optimistic in the next few months for PD 2018?

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    1. I continue to be confounded by the DOS' flip-flopping of the VB, which is difficult for me, and must be infuriating for the immigrants themselves.

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  16. When do you think the VB will move again, Atty?

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    1. Probably not until Oct 2020, although there is a small chance of progression this summer.

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    2. how about the table b, will it move forward soon?

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  17. Any hope that EB3 retrogression will end soon?

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    1. Probably not until Oct 2020, although there is a small chance of progression this summer.

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  18. Hello Chris! How come NVC exhausted most of its Visa in just 4 months of the fiscal year 2020? Do you see any movement to EB3 Philippines in the coming months or will this last until the next fiscal year? My PD by the way is June 26, 2018.
    Much appreciated Chris!

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    2. I asked my contact with the DOS this exact question earlier this week. I expect to hear something shortly. I will post once I do.

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  19. is it ok to go to US and use ur tourist visa and apply for eb2 by your emplyr? is it safe? eb2 is current for PH

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    1. It is possible, but you should connect with a good attorney to do it correctly. If you do it wrong, the consequences are grave.

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