By: Chris Musillo

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

May 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 01MAR18 22FEB17 22FEB17 01MAR18
EB-2 C 15MAY16 12APR09 C
EB-3 C 22AUG15 22JUN09 01JUN18

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 01SEP18 01OCT17 01OCT17 01SEP18
EB-2 C 01SEP16 01JUN09 C
EB-3 C 01JAN16 01APR10 01OCT18

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 moved six weeks, moving about one year in 2019’s calendar months. EB-3 moved ahead half as fast – about three weeks -- 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. EB-1 will almost surely not move in FY 2019. 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 three more months. This continues a great year for EB3. We expect continued accelerated progress in June’s Visa Bulletin.