By: Chris Musillo

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

March 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 01MAR19 01JUN17 01MAR15 01MAR19
2nd C 15AUG15 22MAY09 C
3rd 01JAN17 22MAR16 15JAN09 01JAN17

MU Law Analysis

All Other: The All Other EB-1 had a four-month progression and the EB-2 category remained current. Both should stay in their current ranges for the foreseeable future. The EB-3 is retrogressed back to Jan 2017. This retrogression occurred in all categories, except for China and India, where the retrogression is worse. No forward movement is expected in EB3 for the rest of the fiscal year. Demand in All Other EB-3 Adjustment of Status cases is responsible for the retrogression.

China: All Chinese EBs improved slightly. Chinese EB-3 will not progress beyond the January 2017 retrogression date in all other EB-3 categories.

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

Philippines: The Philippine EB-3 number continues to confound. We were encouraged by the three-month progression in EB-3 in February, only to be surprised by the retrogression back to January 2017. Adding to the complexity is that virtually no Philippine EB-3s have been issued at Manila since the beginning of the year.