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US Department of State Publishes the April 2020 Visa Bulletin

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There are some changes between the March 2020 visa bulletin and the April 2020 visa bulletin.

Based on the April 2020 Visa Bulletin published by the U.S. Department of State, the USCIS has determined that for family-sponsored filings, filers should continue to follow the Dates for Filing Chart for the April 2020 Visa Bulletin.

It is interesting to note that in continuation of the previous month’s trend, in the F2A category, there is a cutoff date on the Dates for Filing Chart (February 1, 2020). However, because the same F2A category is “Current” on the Final Action Dates chart, this does mean that applicants in the F2A category may use the Final Action Dates chart for April 2020), and this applies to all nationalities.

But for the employment-based preference filings, the USCIS has determined that all filers should follow the Final Action Dates for Employment-based Preference Cases chart in the April 2020 visa bulletin. This is a change from the March 2020 visa bulletin, and it may be a sign that visa numbers are starting to get used up at a faster rate than in previous months.

Due to the fluid nature of the visa number movement, we do advise readers to refer back to our site for any updates and new developments about the monthly visa bulletin.

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.