The Visa Bulletin of the US State Department shows backlogs in getting green cards in both the family and the employment-based categories. The time that it will take you to get a green card depends on the category of your petition and your country of birth. The Visa Bulletin is updated on a monthly basis.

You can stay up-to-date with the waiting times in the Visa Bulletin by subscribing to our Free E-Mail Newsletter.

The June 2019 Visa Bulletin was issued by the State Department on May 14, 2019.

How rapidly will your priority date in the Visa Bulletin advance or retrogress in the coming months? Click on the link to the Visa Bulletin Predictions by the State Department’s Charlie Oppenheim.

Most immigrant visas to the US are numerically limited both by preference category and by country of chargeability (which is, in most cases, one’s country of birth). Most immigrants are sponsored either by family members or through employment or investment in the United States.


EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES


The employment-based (EB) categories in the Visa Bulletin are as follows:
An applicant’s priority date is the day that the government received the employer’s PERM application. However, if a PERM application is not required, the priority date is the date the government received an EB visa petition (I-140 or the I-526). Watch our EB videos to see various methods of shortening your waiting time for a green card.


VISA BULLETIN – EMPLOYMENT

A. FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

1st 4-22-18 2-22-17 4-22-18 01-01-15 4-22-18 4-22-18 4-22-18
2nd Current 8-01-16 Current 4-19-09 Current Current Current
3rd Current 9-15-15 Current 7-01-09 Current 11-01-18 Current
Unskilled Current 9-01-07 Current 7-01-09 Current 11-01-18 Current
4th Current Current 3-22-16 Current 10-01-18 Current Current
5th Current 10-01-14 Current Current Current Current 10-01-16

B. DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS

1st 9-01-18 10-01-17 9-01-18 10-01-17 9-01-18 9-01-18
2nd Current 11-01-16 Current 6-01-09 Current Current
3rd Current 1-01-16 Current 4-01-10 Current 1-01-19
Unskilled Current 6-01-08 Current 4-01-10 Current 1-01-19
4th Current Current 9-01-16 Current Current Current
5th Current 11-01-14 Current Current Current Current


VISA BULLETIN – FAMILY


The family-based categories in the visa bulletin are as follows:An applicant’s priority date is the day that the government received the I-130 Petition. For more on family-based visas and how you may be able to shorten your waiting time, see our video above.

A priority date is established by the submission of a relative visa petition in the family categories.

The word “Current”in the Visa Bulletin indicates that no backlog presently exists in a particular category. Alternately, the word “Unavailable” indicates that it is not possible to apply for permanent residence in that category.

A. FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED CASES – These dates are consistent with prior visa bulletin priority dates.


1st 2-15-12 2-15-12 2-15-12 8-08-97 6-22-07
2A 7-15-17 7-15-17 7-15-17 7-01-17 7-15-17
2B 5-15-13 5-15-13 5-15-13 3-15-98 11-15-07
3rd 12-22-06 12-22-06 12-22-06 2-22-96 2-01-97
4th 4-01-06 4-01-06 8-15-04 2-08-98 6-01-97


B. FAMILY-SPONSORED FILING DATE CHART – The chart below reflects dates for filing visa applications within a time frame justifying immediate action in the application process. Applicants for immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the application date in the chart may assemble and submit required documents to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, following receipt of notification from the National Visa Center containing detailed instructions. The application date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa.

1st 10-8-12 10-08-12 10-08-12 10-15-99 4-22-08
2A 3-08-19 3-08-19 3-08-19 3-08-19 3-08-19
2B 8-08-14 8-08-14 8-08-14 12-15-98 7-01-08
3rd 8-22-07 8-22-07 8-22-07 7-01-00 11-01-97
4th 12-01-06 12-01-06 4-15-05 12-01-98 3-01-98