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USCIS Confirms that it will follow the Dates for Filing Charts for both Family-based and Employment-based immigrant visas for December 2019

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Pasricha & Patel Takeaways: With the publication of the December 2019 Visa Bulletin by the U.S. Department of State, the USCIS has continued its policy and instructed filers for Family-Sponsored Filings to follow the Dates for Filing Chart for December 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 November 2019 visa bulletin and confirmed that applicants must follow the “Dates for Filing of Employment-based Visa Applications” for the December 2019 visa bulletin. This is the third month
in a row that the USCIS has chosen to follow the Dates for Filing Charts for both the family-based and employment-based immigrant visa applications.

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.

In fact, the Department of State has indicated that due to the recent trend of steadily increasing levels of employment-based demand for adjustment of status cases filed with the USCIS, it will require the establishment of final action dates in the employment-based Second, Third, and Third Other
Worker preference categories as early as January. This action will be needed in order to hold the visa numbers usage within the Fiscal year 2020 annual limits.

The visa number movements are in flux right now, and we do recommend our readers to watch out for regular updates on our site for any further developments.

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.