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The Department of State (DOS) has issued its December 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there have been steady advancements for nearly all chargeability areas.


China:                      Priority date of May 15, 2017 (Advancement of 104 days)

India:                       Priority date of January 1, 2015 (No Advancement)

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: July 15, 2018 (Advancement of 45 days)

Mexico:                   Priority date ofJuly 15, 2018 (Advancement of 45 days)

Philippines:             Priority date ofJuly 15, 2018 (Advancement of 45 days)

Vietnam:                 Priority date of July 15, 2018 (Advancement of 45 days)

Other areas:           Priority date of July 15, 2018 (Advancement of 45 days)

EB-2-Worldwide:    Priority dates are current, except:

China:                      Priority date of June 22, 2015 (Advancement of 100 days)

India:                       Priority date of May 15, 2009 (Advancement of 2 days)

EB-3-Worldwide:     Priority dates are current, except:

China:                      Priority date of November 1, 2015 (No Advancement)

India:                        Priority date of January 1, 2009 (No Advancement)

Philippines:             Priority date of March 1, 2018 (Advancement of 29 days)



If USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for a fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, the USCIS will state on www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo that you may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart in the Department of State December 2019 Visa Bulletin. Otherwise, USCIS will indicate on their web site that you must use the Application Final Action Dates chart to determine when you may file your adjustment of status application in the United States.  Currently, as of this publication, the USCIS has not determined which chart to use for December 2019.  The dates listed above are the Application Final Action Dates.

Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim

There is no December 2019 analysis or predictions from Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS).  Charlie Oppenheim is responsible for analyzing and predicting immigrant preference categories. SW Law Group will post any updated analysis and predictions from Charlie Oppenheim if such information is released this month.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any further questions regarding this matter.