By: Chris Musillo

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

July 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.

Employment-
based
All Other CHINA INDIA PHILIPPINES
1st 22APR18 08MAY17 01JAN15 22APR18
2nd C 01NOV16 24APR09 C
3rd C 01JAN16 01JUL09 C

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.

Employment-
based
All Other CHINA INDIA PHILIPPINES
1st 01SEP18 01OCT17 01OCT17 01SEP18
2nd C 01FEB17 01JUN09 C
3rd C 01JUN16 01APR10 C

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

All Other: The EB-1 category stayed still. 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-1 moved three months. China EB-2 moved 3 months, a fifteen-month progression so far in 2019’s calendar months. EB-3 also moved ahead about three months -- which reflects continued demand in EB-3, likely related to the many EB-3 “downgrades”. EB-2 remains superior to EB-3.

India: There was very little movement in any of the Indian categories. EB-1 will almost surely not move in FY 2019. We do not expect any significant Indian movement this fiscal year. Longer term, we are slightly more optimistic about India EB-3, which should progress faster than EB-2.

Philippines: The EB-3 is current! We do not expect any retrogression in the near future. Great days for Philippine employment-based nationals.