By: Chris Musillo

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

April 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 01FEB18 22FEB17 22FEB17 01JAN18
EB-2 C 01APR16 09APR09 C
EB-3 C 01AUG15 22MAY09 01MAR18







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 01JUL16 01JUN09 C
EB-3 C 01JAN16 01APR10 01JUL18






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

All Other: The EB-1 category moved one month. 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: China EB-2 again moved three months, moving a almost one year in 2019’s calendar months. EB-3 actually retrogressed, which reflects continued demand in EB-3, likely related to the many EB-3 “downgrades”.

India: There was very little movement in any of the Indian categories. EB2 moved just three days. EB3 moved one month. We are slightly more optimistic about India EB-3, which should continue to progress faster than EB-2.

Philippines: The EB-3 date showed great progress, improving four more months. This continues a great year for EB3. We expect continued progress in May’s Visa Bulletin.