By: Chris Musillo

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

September 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 01OCT17 01JAN14 U 01OCT17
2nd 01JAN18 01JAN17 08MAY09 01JAN18
3rd 01JUL16 01JAN14 01JUL05 01JUL16

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 01JUN17 01JUN09 C
3rd C 01JUN16 01APR10 C


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

As always happens in August and September, the dates have retrogressed, often making the numbers effectively unavailable. This is common. The USCIS and DOS are making sure to use all available visa numbers, without exceeding the legal quotas.

Numbers will once again be available for applicants beginning October 1, 2019 under the FY-2020 annual numerical limitations. For October, the first month of fiscal year 2020, the DOS expects to return to return the final action dates to those which applied for July. Click this link to see the July dates.