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The Department of State (DOS) has issued its May 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, EB-1 is now current for all chargability areas except for China and Inida. There have been no advancement for EB-3 for most chargability areas.

EB-1-Worldwide:     Priority dates are current, except:

China:                      Priority date of July 15, 2017 (Advancement of 37 days)

India:                       Priority date of August 1, 2015 (Advancement of 92 days)

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

China:                      Priority date of October 1, 2015 (Advancement of 30 days)

India:                       Priority date of June 2, 2009 (Advancement of 8 days)


China:                      Priority date of May 15, 2016 (Advancement of 30 days)

India:                        Priority date of March 1, 2009 (Advancement of 38 days)

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: January 1, 2017 (No Advancement)

Mexico:                   Priority date of January 1, 2017 (No Advancement)

Philippines:             Priority date of January 1, 2017 (No Advancement)

Vietnam:                 Priority date of January 1, 2017 (No Advancement)

Other areas:           Priority date of January 1, 2017 (No Advancement)


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 May 2020 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 May 2020.  The dates listed above are the Application Final Action Dates.

Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim

There is no May 2020 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.