October 2019 Visa Bulletin

Updated: Oct 15, 2019



The State Department’s October Visa Bulletin, sets forth cutoff dates for issuance of an immigrant visa as follows: 


  • EB-1: All countries except for China and India will advance to April 22, 2018, returning to July Visa Bulletin cut-off dates. China will advance to November 1, 2016. India will revert to January 1, 2015, its cut-off date for July.

  • EB-2: China will retrogress by two years to January 1, 2015, while India will advance by four days, to May 12, 2009.  All other countries will become current.

  • EB-3 Professional and Skilled Workers: China will advance by almost two years , to November 1, 2015, while India will advance by three and a half years, to January 1, 2009. The Philippines will advance by more than one year to October 15, 2017. All of these dates are further retrogressions from the July Visa Bulletin. All remaining countries will return to current in October.

  • EB-5: The Non-Regional Center categories will become current for most countries. China will remain at its October 22, 2014 cut-off date. India will advance by almost three months, to November 22, 2017. Vietnam will advance by almost two years to October 15, 2016. The Regional Center program is set to expire on September 30, 2019 and will become unavailable unless reauthorized.


At the start of FY 2020 on October 1, many categories will revert to the same or approximate cut-off dates seen in the July Visa Bulletin, as projected by the State Department. However, there are some notable exceptions, including EB-1 China and EB-3 China and India, which retrogressed further than the July cut-off dates. The steep retrogression in the EB-2 China category seems to be unexpected based on prior agency predictions.


USCIS to honor dates for filing

USCIS has announced on its Visa Bulletin web page that it will honor the Visa Bulletin Filing Eligibility Dates, rather than Final Action Dates, for acceptance of adjustment of status filings next month. The Filing Eligibility Dates are listed below.


FINAL ACTION CUT-OFF DATES FOR OCTOBER 2019


EB-1

India: January 1, 2015

China: November 1, 2016

All other countries: April 22, 2018


EB-2

China: January 1, 2015

India: May 12, 2009

All other countries: Current


EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

China: November 1, 2015

India: January 1, 2009

Philippines: October 15, 2017

All other countries: Current


EB-3 Other Workers

China: January 1, 2008

India: January 1, 2009

Philippines: October 15, 2017

All other countries: Current


EB-4*

El Salvador, Guatemala Honduras: July 1, 2016

All other countries: Current

*Non-minister special immigrant religious worker program unavailable unless reauthorized by legislation


EB-5*

China: October 22, 2014 

Vietnam: October 15, 2016

India: November 22, 2017

All other countries: Current 

*Regional Center program unavailable unless reauthorized by legislation


FILING ELIGIBILITY CUT-OFF DATES FOR OCTOBER 2019

EB-1

China: September 1, 2017 

India: March 15, 2017

All other countries: July 1, 2019


EB-2

China: August 1, 2016

India: July 1, 2009 

All other countries: Current  


EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

China: March 1, 2017

India: February 1, 2010

All other countries: Current 


EB-3 Other Workers

China: August 1, 2008

India: February 1, 2010

All other countries: Current 


EB-4

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: August 15, 2016

All other countries: Current 


EB-5

China: January 1, 2015

All other countries: Current  


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