By: Chris Musillo

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

August 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 C 08FEB18 08FEB18 C
2nd C 15JAN16 08JUL09 C
3rd 01APR19 15FEB17 01OCT09 01APR19

MU Law Analysis

This Visa Bulletin continued the big progressions that we saw in the June and July Visa Bulletins. MU Law has been calling on the DOS to rapidly advance the dates so that all immigrant visas are used in 2020, and they finally responded in a big way. The big story is the one-year progression Worldwide EB-3 and Philippines EB-3. These EB-3 dates are now at April 2019.

The good news was not limited to those categories. India EB-1 and India EB-3 also jumped forward. EB-1 moved ahead ten months to February 2018, and EB-3 by five months, to October 2009. Only India EB-2 disappointed, staying at July 8, 2009. India EB-2 and EB-3 are inverted. MU Law expects India EB-2 and EB-3 to move in sync for the foreseeable future. EB-2s will downgrade their petitions to EB-3 to take advantage of the more favorable processing date, leading to an equilibrium between the two categories.

All of the China categories moved forward as well, as expected in a year where few immigrant visa have been issued.

MU Law expects the favorable employment-based visa dates to continue next fiscal year. We explained why on this blog post.