July 2019 Visa Bulletin Employment Final Action
You can file your i485 application for green card if your GC priority date is older than these dates for your country of birth.
|July vs June||EB-1||EB-2||EB-3|
|India||1 Jan 15 (+0 days)||24 Apr 09 (+5 days)||1 July 09 (+0 days)|
|China||8 May 17 (+2.5 months)||1 Nov 16 (+3 months)||1 Jan 16 (+3.5 months)|
|Central America||22 Apr 18 (+0 days)||Current||Current|
|Mexico||22 Apr 18 (+0 days)||Current||Current|
|Philippines||22 Apr 18 (+0 days)||Current||Current (+7 months)|
|Vietnam||22 Apr 18 (+0 days)||Current||Current|
USCIS Visa Bulletin is used to find your US green card priority date. The dates can move forward and go back each month.
July 2019 Visa Bulletin Predictions
Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State shares his predictions on visa bulletin each month. We collate his estimations here.
There are two types of chart for employment based and family based US green cards:
- Date of Filing Chart – You can file form i485 for green card and get EAD + AP.
- Final Action Date Chart – Your green card can only be approved if PD date is current in Final action chart.
EB-1 Worldwide Final Action Date is not expected to change in July 2019. The maximum movement prediction is 6 weeks, if any and it is not expected to get “Current” in the near future.
EB-1 India Charles does not expect EB1 India to move ahead anytime before October 2019. It might return to a Final Action Date of February 22, 2017 in October 2019.
EB-1 China is expected to jump to May 8, 2017 in the July 2019 bulletin.
EB-2 Employment GC Predictions
EB-2 Worldwide may remain current through September 2019.
EB-2 India will continue to add just few days or up to one week in each visa bulletin in 2019. There are 14,000 Indians with pending adjustment of status applications filed in 2012 in this category. Lower Worldwide EB-2 demand may allow for some forward movement in summer of 2019.
EB-2 China may jump to November 1, 2016 in the July 2019 bulletin. China’s queue is moving ahead fast due to low demand at this time.
EB-3 Worldwide should remain current till September 2019.
EB-3 India will not move forward in July 2019 as there is no spillover from unused worldwide EB-3 numbers at this time.
EB-3 China should jump to January 1, 2016 in July visa bulletin. Chinese demand is increasing slowly but if demand in EB-2 China remains normal, it is possible to move some of their green cards to EB-3 China.
EB-3 Philippines will become current in July 2019.
EB-3 Mexico will remain current in July 2019.
EB-5 China is expected to maintain its Final Action Date through August 2019.
EB-5 Vietnam and EB-5 India will reach their per country limits in July 2019. The October 1, 2016 Final Action Date for EB-5 Vietnam will hold through July 2019 and then share the same date as EB-5 China through September 2019.
EB-5 India will have a Final Action Date somewhere in 2017 and will then also share the same date as EB-5 China in August 2019 and September 2019.
Employment Date of Filing Chart July 2019 – Not available for use
USCIS has stopped the employment based date of filing chart in Feb 2019 visa bulletin. You should use the final action chart to check if you can file i485.
|July vs June||EB-1||EB-2||EB-3|
|India||1 Oct 17||1 Jun 09||1 Apr 10|
|China||1 Oct 17||1 Feb 17 (+3 months)||1 Jun 16 (+5 months)|
|Central America||1 Sep 18||Current||Current|
|Mexico||1 Sep 18||Current||Current|
|Philippines||1 Sep 18||Current||1 Jan 19|
EB2 to EB3 downgrade
If your EB2 priority date is current in EB3 final action chart, we recommend to file a downgrade to EB3 with new i140 and i485 and get your green card faster.
Currently, EB3 India is ahead of EB2 and many people are filing their adjustment of status applications in EB3.
Use Spouse country of Birth for faster Green card
You can use the spouse country of birth for whole family’s employment based green card filing if that country’s queue is moving faster.
You are from India and working in US on H1B visa. Your US green card application has been filed by your employer in EB2 category with priority date as August 2014 which currently has a waiting time of more than 20 years.
You get married to a girl from Pakistan and both are now living in USA. You are in luck and can use Rest of world’s employment based final action date, which is CURRENT to file your green card. You immediately get into fast track green card lane just because of your lucky wife who was born outside India.
Country of Birth vs Country of Passport
You have Chinese passport but were born in Dubai. You come to US on H1B work visa and then are eligible to file your Green card application in ‘non chinese’ queue due to your country of birth being Dubai. You skip the Chinese long green card queues.
Employment Based Green Card Categories
#1 First preference (EB-1) – priority workers
Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics are part of EB1-A.
Outstanding professors and researchers are counted in EB1-B.
Certain multinational managers and executives are in EB1-C pool.
#2 Second preference (EB-2)
If you are a member of the professions holding advanced degrees or who have exceptional ability (including requests for national interest waivers), then you fall in EB2 category.
Example: Most H1B workers file their employment based green cards using EB2.
#3 Third preference (EB-3)
Skilled workers, professionals, or other workers that are not covered in EB1 or EB2 above file their green card in EB3 category.
Example: An H1B workers with only a bachelor degree will qualify for EB3 but can upgrade to EB2 after 5 years of work experience.