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July Visa Bulletin Trends and Visa Projections

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In this post, we would like to keep our readers informed about Visa Bulletin projections for the coming months. Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division of the U.S. Department of State provides a monthly analysis of each month’s Visa Bulletin including discussion of current trends and future projections for immigrant preference categories

Below are the highlights of those trends and projections for July 2019:

For Employment-Based Preference Filings:
You must use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for July 2019.

Employment-Based Categories:

EB-1 Worldwide: Demand for this category remains steady. For the month of July EB-1 remains at April 22, 2018 and is not expected to become current in the foreseeable future. The Final Action Date will likely not change in July.

  • EB-1 India: No forward movement is expected in this category before October 2019. It is expected that this category will return to a Final Action Date of February 22, 2017 in October of this year.
  • EB-1 China: Has advanced to May 8, 2017 in the July visa bulletin.

EB-2 Worldwide: Current in July and will remain current through September 2019.

  • EB-2 India: Is expected to advance slowly during the month of July by a few days or one week at a time. Some forward movement may occur during the summer is there is lower EB-2 Worldwide demand.
  • EB-2 China: Has advanced to November 1, 2016 in the July visa bulletin. The category will continue to advance due to low demand.

EB-3 Worldwide: Current in July and will continue to remain current through September 2019. If demand increases for this category, a final action date may be imposed later in the fiscal year.

  • EB-3 India: Will remain steady in July.
  • EB-3 China: Has advanced to January 1, 2016 in the July visa bulletin. If demand in this category increases, movement will slow.
  • EB-3 Philippines: Current in July, please click here to read our visa guide for EB-3.
  • EB-3 Mexico: Current in July.

Family-Based Categories:

For Family-Sponsored Filings:
You must use the Dates for Filing chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for July 2019.

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