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Update on September 2019 Visa Bulletin

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Pasricha & Patel Takeaways:

Charlie Oppenheim, who is the Chief of Visa Controls Office at the Department of State has provided an update to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that after he reviewed the visa availability dates in the September 2019 visa bulletin, the entire EB-3 visa preference category has immediately been made unavailable for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2019. So, this means that the annual limits for the entire EB-3 visa category have been reached on these categories, which includes worldwide: India, China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, and Vietnam categories.

As a reminder also that the entire EB-4 and EB-4 religious workers visa preference categories, as well as the EB-1 India are unavailable as well. And EB-1 China has retrogressed about 2 ½ years due to overwhelming demand.

Visa numbers should become available starting in the new Fiscal Year 2020 - October 2019 visa bulletin. But as to what those visa numbers will be, we will have to wait and see.

And we encourage our readers to keep checking in our website for any further updates regarding this and other immigration-related news and developments. And should you have further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule formal consultation.