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U.S. Department of State Publishes November 2019 Visa Bulletin

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LAW IMM Takeaways:

With the publication of the November 2019 Visa Bulletin by the U.S. Department of State, the USCIS has followed up by stating that filers for Family-Sponsored Filings must follow the Dates for Filing Chart for November 2019 visa bulletin (note: the F2A Spouse and Children of Permanent Resident will continue to follow the Final Action Dates chart for Family-Sponsored Visa Applications, which remains ‘Current’ for F2A preference category).

And for the filers in the Employment-based Filings, the USCIS has continued to follow its practice from the October 2019 visa bulletin and confirmed that applicants must follow the “Dates for Filing of Employment-based Visa Applications” for the November 2019 visa bulletin. In the past few years, the USCIS has usually asked petitioners to follow the “Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases”. But it appears that for the foreseeable future, the USCIS will continue on this track.

And as previously forecasted by the U.S. Department of State, there are no surprises here as, for the most part, the employment-based immigrant visa categories do not show any significant forward movements, if at all, for most of the countries.

Should you have any further questions about the different visa preference categories and filing procedures, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns further.