USCIS Visa Bulletin Sep 2019 Employment

USCIS Visa Bulletin Employment Sep 2019 based Green card for India, China, Mexico. EB2 India wil move ahead by 3-7 days. EB3 India will not progress.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  21 Aug, 19

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EB1 India has been made ‘Unauthorized’ in Sep visa bulletin. This means that there are no green card numbers available at this time to approve your EB1 i485. The next bulletin in Oct 2019 is expected to open up the EB1 as new fiscal year quota would be available.


Sep 2019 Visa Bulletin

Final ActionDate of Filing
EB11 Jan 14
-2 year 6 month
1 Oct 17
0 days
EB21 Jan 17
0 days
1 Jun 17
+4 month
EB31 Jan 14
-2 year 6 month
1 Jun 16
0 days
EB3 other workers22 Nov 07
0 days
1 Jun 08
0 days
EB4unauthorized
- Infinity
current
0 days
EB4 Certain religious workersunauthorized
- Infinity
current
0 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)22 Oct 14
+7 days
22 Nov 14
+7 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)22 Oct 14
+7 days
22 Nov 14
+7 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB11 Oct 17
+1 year 3 month
1 Sep 18
0 days
EB21 Jan 18
+365 days
current
0 days
EB31 Jul 16
0 days
current
0 days
EB3 other workers1 Jul 16
0 days
current
0 days
EB4unauthorized
- Infinity
1 Sep 16
0 days
EB4 Certain religious workersunauthorized
- Infinity
1 Sep 16
0 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)current
0 days
current
0 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)current
0 days
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB1unauthorized
- Infinity
1 Oct 17
0 days
EB28 May 09
+6 days
1 Jun 09
0 days
EB31 Jul 05
-6 month 4 days
1 Apr 10
0 days
EB3 other workers1 Jul 05
-6 month 4 days
1 Apr 10
0 days
EB4unauthorized
- Infinity
current
0 days
EB4 Certain religious workersunauthorized
- Infinity
current
0 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)1 Sep 17
+2 year 10 month
current
0 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)1 Sep 17
+2 year 10 month
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB11 Oct 17
+1 year 3 month
1 Sep 18
0 days
EB21 Jan 18
+365 days
current
0 days
EB31 Jul 16
0 days
current
0 days
EB3 other workers1 Jul 16
0 days
current
0 days
EB4unauthorized
- Infinity
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)current
0 days
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB11 Oct 17
+1 year 3 month
1 Sep 18
0 days
EB21 Jan 18
+365 days
current
0 days
EB31 Jul 16
0 days
current
0 days
EB3 other workers1 Jul 16
0 days
current
0 days
EB4unauthorized
- Infinity
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)current
0 days
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB11 Oct 17
+1 year 3 month
1 Sep 18
0 days
EB21 Jan 18
+365 days
current
0 days
EB31 Jul 16
0 days
current
0 days
EB3 other workers1 Jul 16
0 days
current
0 days
EB4unauthorized
- Infinity
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)current
0 days
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB11 Oct 17
+1 year 3 month
NA
NA
EB21 Jan 18
+365 days
NA
NA
EB31 Jul 16
0 days
NA
NA
EB3 other workers1 Jul 16
0 days
NA
NA
EB4unauthorized
- Infinity
NA
NA
EB4 Certain religious workersunauthorized
- Infinity
NA
NA
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)22 Oct 14
+7 days
NA
NA
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)22 Oct 14
+7 days
NA
NA

Oct 2019 Visa Bulletin Predictions

EB1 Predictions

EB-1 Worldwide Final Action Date is not expected to change in Aug 2019 and may retrogress.

EB-1 India Do 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 may just move ahead by 1 week in August 2019 bulletin.

EB-2 Employment GC Predictions

EB-2 Worldwide will not be current till September 2019. The dates may go back in next bulletin.

EB-2 India will add 3-7 days in August 2019 bulletin.

EB-2 China may jump to 1 Jan 2017 in the August.

EB-3 Estimations

EB-3 Worldwide will retrogress in August 2019.

EB-3 India will not move forward in Aug 2019 as there is no spillover from unused worldwide EB-3 numbers at this time.

EB-3 China could jump to Apr 1, 2016 in next 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 stay current.

EB-3 Mexico will remain current.

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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   7 Useful Questions & Answers from comments



  1. 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


  2. 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.


  3. 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.



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