USCIS Visa Bulletin Dec 2019 Employment

USCIS Visa Bulletin Employment Dec 2019 based Green card for India, China, Mexico. EB2 India ahead by 2 days. EB1, EB3 India move zero days.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  11 Dec, 19

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Dec 2019 Visa Bulletin

Final ActionDate of Filing
EB115 May 17
+3 month 13 days
1 Sep 17
0 days
EB222 Jun 15
+3 month 9 days
1 Aug 16
0 days
EB31 Nov 15
0 days
1 Mar 17
0 days
EB3 other workers1 Mar 08
+29 days
1 Aug 08
0 days
EB4current
0 days
current
0 days
EB4 Certain religious workersunauthorized
- Infinity
current
0 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)15 Nov 14
+14 days
15 May 15
+4 month 14 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)unauthorized
- Infinity
15 May 15
+4 month 14 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB115 Jul 18
+1 month 14 days
current
+5 month 13 days
EB2current
0 days
current
0 days
EB3current
0 days
current
0 days
EB3 other workerscurrent
0 days
current
0 days
EB41 Jul 16
0 days
15 Aug 16
0 days
EB4 Certain religious workersunauthorized
- Infinity
15 Aug 16
0 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)current
0 days
current
0 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)unauthorized
- Infinity
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB11 Jan 15
0 days
15 Mar 17
0 days
EB215 May 09
+2 days
1 Jul 09
0 days
EB31 Jan 09
0 days
1 Feb 10
0 days
EB3 other workers1 Jan 09
0 days
1 Feb 10
0 days
EB4current
0 days
current
0 days
EB4 Certain religious workersunauthorized
- Infinity
current
0 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)1 Jan 18
+24 days
current
0 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)unauthorized
- Infinity
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB115 Jul 18
+1 month 14 days
current
+5 month 13 days
EB2current
0 days
current
0 days
EB3current
0 days
current
0 days
EB3 other workerscurrent
0 days
current
0 days
EB422 Jul 17
0 days
current
0 days
EB4 Certain religious workersunauthorized
- Infinity
current
0 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)current
0 days
current
0 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)unauthorized
- Infinity
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB115 Jul 18
+1 month 14 days
current
+5 month 13 days
EB2current
0 days
current
0 days
EB3current
0 days
current
0 days
EB3 other workerscurrent
0 days
current
0 days
EB4current
0 days
current
0 days
EB4 Certain religious workersunauthorized
- Infinity
current
0 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)current
0 days
current
0 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)unauthorized
- Infinity
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB115 Jul 18
+1 month 14 days
current
+5 month 13 days
EB2current
0 days
current
0 days
EB31 Mar 18
+28 days
current
0 days
EB3 other workers1 Mar 18
+28 days
current
0 days
EB4current
0 days
current
0 days
EB4 Certain religious workersunauthorized
- Infinity
current
0 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)current
0 days
current
0 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)unauthorized
- Infinity
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB115 Jul 18
+1 month 14 days
NA
NA
EB2current
0 days
NA
NA
EB3current
0 days
NA
NA
EB3 other workerscurrent
0 days
NA
NA
EB4current
0 days
NA
NA
EB4 Certain religious workersunauthorized
- Infinity
NA
NA
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)1 Dec 16
+16 days
NA
NA
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)unauthorized
- Infinity
NA
NA

You can file your i485 application for green card if your GC priority date is older than these dates for your country of birth.

USCIS Visa Bulletin is used to find your US green card priority date. The dates can move forward and go back each month.

Check the USCIS Visa Bulletin for Family Based Green Cards.

There are two types of chart for employment based and family based US green cards:

  1. Date of Filing Chart – You can file form i485 for green card and get EAD + AP.
  2. Final Action Date Chart – Your green card can only be approved if PD date is current in Final action chart.

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.

Example: 

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.

Reference: Travel.State.Gov


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   18 Useful Questions & Answers from comments



  1. Ram
    Ram 11 Dec, 19 at 10:38 am

    Hi Anil,

    My PD in Eb3 is Nov 2012; Can I use my priority date if I file through Eb1 now?

    Thanks
    Ram


  2. Saaransh Jain
    Saaransh Jain 11 Nov, 19 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I received Eb1A (E11) approval on 8th November 2019. Is this my priority date?

    Thanks!


    • Saaransh Jain
      Saaransh Jain 13 Nov, 19 at 3:55 pm

      I think I have the answer, priority date is the date when USCIS received my I-140 petition. Isn’t it?
      Thanks anyways!


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 11 Dec, 19 at 10:38 am

        Priority date is when the PERM is filed with DOL.


  3. Eb5
    Eb5 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

    Hi

    If I file EB5 regional center for green card under India, how long will it take to get even provisional green card with current backlog.


  4. Ravi Tripath
    Ravi Tripath 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Anil

    My PD is September 1, 2011 EB2 India. When can I expect my date to be current?


  5. Mrs. Shelly
    Mrs. Shelly 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

    Oops 11 Dec 2018 from india


  6. Mrs. Shelly
    Mrs. Shelly 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Anil…..my priority date is 11Dec 2019 for eb-5….acc to you when I can expect my approval…


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

      Is it EB5? Are you sure?


  7. Waitng4GC
    Waitng4GC 1 Nov, 19 at 10:45 am

    Hi Anil, Thanks for the work you are doing. So my Priority Date is 13 November 2009 EB2 India. Based on your estimate when do you think my date will become current ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Nov, 19 at 10:45 am

      It can take another 1-2 year or more to get your date current at current rate.


  8. Ankit
    Ankit 6 Aug, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Hope all is well.

    This month my employer has filled my I-140 (EB1-C category). I just wanted to understand the process and approx processing time as per current scenario to get green card.

    For your information right now I am on L1-A visa and I am in USA.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Ankit


  9. Rocky
    Rocky 29 Jul, 19 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Is it possible EB2 ROW to be current in September 2019 bulletin? CO did not really specified anything certain on his last check in regaridng the EB2 even though he mentioned that EB3 definitely retrogressed


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Jul, 19 at 5:22 pm

      As per my estimate, EB2 ROW will not get currrent until October 2019.


  10. RR
    RR 24 Jul, 19 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I fall under EB3 category and currently waiting for PERM approval (PD: June 17). I see June 11 cases are getting certified so hoping for a decision soon. However, EB3 date of filing is current and filing action is backdated 3 years. Does this mean I can still file for i485 with EAD/AP but won’t i485 wouldnt get approved till Final action is current? Assuming EB3 final action gets current again in october. it shouldnt really affect i485 processing time. Is that a good interpretation of my case?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Jul, 19 at 9:01 pm

      At this time, the ‘date of filing’ chart is closed for filing by USCIS.

      So, you can only choose ‘Final action’ chart until USCIS reopens it.

      Your i485 cannot be approved until the PD is current in Final action chart.

      What is your country of birth?


      • RR
        RR 25 Jul, 19 at 7:31 am

        Hi Anil,

        My country of birth is UAE


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Jul, 19 at 8:27 am

          Ok good. So, you just need to wait for the date to get currrent in Final action chart.