By: Chris Musillo

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

February 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 15DEC18 22MAY17 01JAN15 01DEC18
2nd C 01JUL15 19MAY09 C
3rd C 01JAN16 08JAN09 01JUN18

MU Law Analysis

All Other: Although All Other EB-1 has a slight retrogression, the EB-2 category remained current and is expected to remain current for the foreseeable future. The EB-3 is current, but the DOS expects to implement a retrogression in March.

China: EB-2 did not move, although EB-3 progressed by a month. The EB-2 and EB-3 each progressed about one month. Over the course of FY2020 we expect EB-2 and EB-3 to remain within a few months of each other.

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

Philippines: We were encouraged by the three-month progression in EB-3. We remain surprised by the slow progress of EB-3, although we were encouraged by this month’s progression. We think that there is a chance of continued progression in the next few months, although the enactment of All Other EB-3 retrogression may mean that fewer visas are available for the Philippines.