By: Chris Musillo

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

February 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 01DEC17 08FEB17 08FEB17 01DEC17
EB-2 C 01OCT15 06APR09 C
EB-3 C 01JUL15 22APR09 01AUG17
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 01JUN18 01OCT17 01OCT17 01JUN18
EB-2 C 01NOV15 22MAY09 C
EB-3 C 01JAN16 01APR10 01OCT17
MU Law Analysis (all references are to Table A unless noted)

All Other: As we expected, the EB-1 category again moved several months. 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: Likewise, the China EB-1 category progressed several months. This category may not move as fast as All Other in the next few Visa Bulletins. China EB-2 moved two months. EB-3 only moved a few weeks, reflecting continued high demand. Still, we expect EB-3 to slightly outpace EB-2 in the next few Visa Bulletins.

India: India EB-2 and EB-3 did not move. We expect the slow/no progress to be standard for EB-2 in the first part of FY 2019. We are slightly more optimistic about India EB-3, which could continue to progress faster than EB-2.

Philippines: The EB-3 date showed steady progress, improving by six weeks. Over the course of FY2019, we should eventually see the EB-3 priority date extend into FY2018