Visa Bulletin For December 2019

Visa Bulletin For December 2019, Visa Bulletin
Visa Bulletin For December 2019

The Visa Bulletin for December 2019 by the US Department of State will determine when a sponsored foreign citizen can submit the final step of the green card process. If the submission is pending, it determines when the final step can be adjudicated.

Below, we have summarized Visa Bulletin for December 2019, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month. The December Visa Bulletin includes a warning that all employment-based second and third preference categories for all countries could retrogress in January.

To determine the date, Consular officials should report to the Department of State through a document listing qualified applicants.

Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, immigrants to be sponsored by families are set at a limit of 226,000 while job-based to be at least 140,000. The next Section sets a country limit of 7% of the yearly family sponsored.

According to the INA Sec 203(e), the two categories of preference visas should be issued in the priority in which they present.

Visa Bulletin For December 2019

Family-Sponsored Preferences

1st (F1) Unmarried children of U.S. Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

2nd Spouses, married and unmarried Children, of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers:

A. (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents:  77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;

B. (F2B) Unmarried children (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents:  23% of the overall second preference limitation.

3rd (F3) Married children of U.S. Citizens:  23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

4th (F4) Siblings of Adult U.S. Citizens:  65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

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chart for Final Action Dates for Family-Sponsored preferences

Family-
Sponsored
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F115NOV1315NOV1315NOV1315NOV9901MAY09
F2A01OCT1901OCT1901OCT1901OCT1901OCT19
F2B08FEB1508FEB1508FEB1522APR9901JUN09
F315MAY0815MAY0815MAY0815JUL0001MAR99
F422JUL0722JUL0701JUL0501JAN9915JUN99

Dates for Filing Family-Sponsored Visa Applications

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
1stC01SEP17C15MAR17CC
2ndC01AUG16C01JUL09CC
3rdC01MAR17C01FEB10CC
Other WorkersC01AUG08C01FEB10CC
4thCC15AUG16CCC
Certain Religious WorkersCC15AUG16CCC
5th Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)C15MAY15CCCC
5th Regional Center (I5 and R5)C15MAY15CCCC

Employment-Based Visa Applications

Things to note;

  • Applicants for immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the application date may assemble and submit required documents to the Department of State.
  • The application date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa.
  • If a category is designated “current,” all applicants in the relevant category may file, regardless of the priority date.
  • The “C” indicates that the category is on-going and that applications may be filed regardless of the priority date by the applicant.
Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
1stC01SEP17C15MAR17CC
2ndC01AUG16C01JUL09CC
3rdC01MAR17C01FEB10CC
Other WorkersC01AUG08C01FEB10CC
4thCC15AUG16CCC
Certain Religious WorkersCC15AUG16CCC
5th Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)C15MAY15CCCC
5th Regional Center (I5 and R5)C15MAY15CCCC

Diversity Immigrant (Dv) Category for December 2019

According to INA Sec 203(c), a limit of 55,000 visas for immigrants is permitted as the additional number for nationals from low represented countries in the past 5 years. However, no country can receive more than seven percent of the available diversity visas in any one year.

For January, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2020 applicants.

RegionAll DV Changeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately 
AFRICA12,000Except: Egypt 6,000
ASIA6,000Except: Iran 3,000
Nepal 5,000
EUROPE8,600
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)7
OCEANIA800
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN850

Conclusion

In this Visa Bulletin for December 2019, USCIS has not yet announced if it will accept I-485 applications in December based on the Department of State’s Dates for Filing chart.

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