September 2019 Visa Bulletin – India EB-1 Becomes Unavailable for the First Time
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The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step of the green card process, or if already pending, when the final step can be adjudicated.

Below is a summary of the September Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month.

  • China: EB-1 retrogresses more than two years to January 1, 2014; EB-2 stalls at January 1, 2017; and EB-3 falls back more than two years to January 1, 2014
  • India: EB-1 becomes unavailable for the first time ever (excluding the aftermath of the visa fiasco of August 2007); EB-2 creeps forward six days to May 8, 2009; and EB-3 falls back six months to July 1, 2005
  • All Other Countries (including the Philippines): EB-1 remains backlogged, but advances over one year to October 1, 2017; EB-2 moves forward one year to January 1, 2018; and EB-3 stalls at July 1, 2016

NOTE 1: The September Visa Bulletin includes an ominous note that all dates could retrogress further before the end of the government’s fiscal year on September 30.

NOTE 2: USCIS will accept I-485 applications in September based only on the Department of State’s Final Action Dates listed above. USCIS will NOT accept applications based on the Dates for Filing chart.


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