Adjustment of Status Filing Charts from the Visa Bulletin
Pasricha & Patel Takeaways:
U.S. Department of State’s April 2019 visa bulletin continues to show robust movements in the employment-based 3rd preference category, in particular for Indian nationals, advancing by one (1) full month.
However, the 2nd visa preference category numbers continue to be stagnant. And the visa preference category for EB-1 is also advancing slowly, signaling continuing high demand for this category too.
With these latest numbers, even the Visa Bulletin is concerned that these final action dates advancements (especially for EB-3 category) will not continue indefinitely. However, at this time, it is hard to say when that would change.
It should also be noted that the EB-5 investor visa preference category numbers now show ‘Current’ for most nationalities, with the exception of China, and Vietnam, as the visa backlog from those two (2) countries remain high.
Finally, USCIS also announced separately that for Family-Sponsored Filings, filers must follow the Dates for Filing chart in the April 2019 visa bulletin, while for Employment-Based Filings, filers should follow the Final Action Dates chart in the April 2019 visa bulletin.
We suggest that readers keep an eye out for any updates on this issue via our website. And should our readers have any further questions about the various visa preference categories, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule a consultation to discuss this matter further.