State Department Releases October Visa Bulletin

The Department of State's Visa Bulletin for October 2019 shows both advances and retrogressions in Final Action Dates and Dates for Filing for employment-based categories.

USCIS announced that applicants in all employment-based preference categories may use the Dates for Filing chart. Since Vietnam is not listed on the Dates for Filing chart, adjustment applicants from Vietnam should use the worldwide dates.

Final Action Dates for all countries except for China and India in the EB-1 category will advance to April 22, 2018, returning to the July bulletin cut-off dates, as expected, while Dates for Filing for all countries except China and India in the EB-1 category will advance to July 1, 2019.

For both Final Action Dates and Dates for Filing, all countries except for China and India in EB-2 and EB-3 categories will become current.

For India and China, there will be significant advances in the Final Action Dates for the EB-3 category, while China will retrogress by two years in the EB-2 category. Dates for Filing for China will also advance in the EB-3 category and retrogress in the EB-2 category. Dates for Filing for India will advance by a month in the EB-2 category, and retrogress slightly in the EB-3 category.

Details: Visa Bulletin for October 2019, https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-for-october-2019.html