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The Department of State (DOS) December 2019 Visa Bulletin Released

In the EB-1 category, the Dates of Filing is now current for all countries of chargeability except for China and India. For November, USCIS allowed I-485 filings based on Dates of Filing rather than Final Action dates; however, EB-1 was retrogressed for all categories, allowing only certain applicants to file. USCIS has not issued the December 2019 calendar or confirmed if it will follow Dates of Filing or Final Action. If USCIS continues to abide by the dates of filing calendar, many EB-1 candidates will be able to finally file their I-485/Adjustment of Status applications. For EB-1 Final Action dates, there was slight movement.

EB-2 categories progress slightly, but there was not much movement in the EB-3 categories.

In the EB-5 category, China remains with a Nov. 1, 2014, cut-off date; India advances slightly to Jan. 1, 2018; and Vietnam advances slightly to Dec. 1, 2016. The other categories remain current.

Referring to the Final Action Dates, following are updates for the December 2019 Visa Bulletin:

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases

Dates for Filing of Employment-Based Visa Applications

This article was written by Patty Elmas.

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