The Visa Bulletin for June 2020


The latest green card waiting lists as of June 2020, with predictions from a State Department official

Jun 4, 2020


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The U.S. Department of State released its Visa Bulletin for June 2020. That’s a big deal if you’re waiting for your priority date to be current so that your green card application can move forward.

If you don’t know what a “visa bulletin” or a “priority date” is, we’ve got you covered. Start by checking out the Boundless guide on How to Read the Visa Bulletin.

Here’s our summary of key developments in the June 2020 Bulletin:

Family-based categories

Employment-based categories


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The Bottom Line

The June 2020 Visa Bulletin brings some new movement in wait times for both the family-based (“F”) and employment-based (“EB”) green card categories.

The following key developments combine analysis by Boundless and insight from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), which checks in every month with Charles “Charlie” Oppenheim, Chief of the State Department’s Visa Control and Reporting Division, for his assessment of “current trends and future projections.” The AILA insights below were excerpted from AILA Doc. No. 14071401.

Coronavirus Updates:

  • Due to COVID-19’s impact on Oppenheim’s ability to analyze government datasets, his analysis for June does not contain forward-looking projections.

In family-based categories:

  • June 2020 marks the F2A category remaining current for one full year, after becoming current in July 2019. This is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
  • There continue to be small to moderate advancements in all other family-based preference categories throughout the month of June, especially for Philippines family-based categories.

In employment-based categories:

  • In terms of employment-based categories, Oppenheim notes that the EB1 category, which became current in May 2020, remains current in June. Given the lack of EB-1 demand and the likelihood of otherwise unused numbers becoming available from the EB-5 category, this category is expected to remain current through the end of FY2020.
  • He also expects EB-5 India to become current by August 2020.

Wonky technical note: This post focuses on the “Final Action Dates” in the Visa Bulletin because these dates are most relevant for figuring out when applicants will ultimately receive their green cards. Every month, however, USCIS announces whether applicants already living in the United States should file their “adjustment of status” applications based on the “Final Action Dates” or the “Dates for Filing.”

For June, all family-based visa applicants — except those in the F-2A category — must use the “Dates for Filing” (available on the State Department’s website), whereas F-2A and employment-based visa applicants must use the “Final Action Dates.” Applicants filing from outside the United States must follow the Final Action Dates. Read on for details…


Family-Based Green Card Backlogs

F-1: unmarried children (age 21 and older) of U.S. citizens

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category22-May-1422-Mar-14-2 months
China22-May-1422-Mar-14-2 months
India22-May-1422-Mar-14-2 months
Mexico15-Nov-9722-Oct-97-3 weeks, 1 day
Philippines1-Feb-111-Sep-10-5 months

This category sees movement for all countries, continuing an advancing trend:

  • Mexico advances the least, with an advance of around 3 weeks
  • The Philippines advances the most, with a 5-month advance
  • Other countries advance 2 months

F-2A: spouses and unmarried children (under age 21) of U.S. green card holders

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General CategoryNo waitNo waitNo Change
ChinaNo waitNo waitNo Change
IndiaNo waitNo waitNo Change
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo Change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo Change

This category has seen no change, with all countries remaining current.


F-2B: unmarried children (age 21 or older) of U.S. green card holders

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category15-Mar-1515-Jan-15-2 months
China15-Mar-1515-Jan-15-2 months
India15-Mar-1515-Jan-15-2 months
Mexico15-Feb-9915-Jan-99-1 month
Philippines1-Sep-101-Jun-10-3 months

In June, there is movement for all countries of over one or two months:

  • Three-month advance for the Philippines, continuing on an advancing trend dating back to October 2019
  • Two-month advance for all other categories, except Mexico which only sees a one-month advance

    F-3: married children of U.S. citizens

    CountryNew
    Cut-off Date
    Old
    Cut-off Date
    Change in Wait Time
    General Category15-Apr-0815-Mar-08-1 month
    China15-Apr-0815-Mar-08-1 month
    India15-Apr-0815-Mar-08-1 month
    Mexico22-Jun-968-Jun-96-2 weeks
    Philippines15-Apr-0115-Nov-00-5 months

    Most countries see advances of over one month, continuing an advancing trend that began several months ago:

  • One-month advances for General Category, India, and China
  • Two-week advance for Mexico
  • Five-month advance for the Philippines

    F-4: siblings of U.S. citizens

    CountryNew
    Cut-off Date
    Old
    Cut-off Date
    Change in Wait Time
    General Category8-Aug-0622-Jul-06-2 weeks, 3 days
    China8-Aug-0622-Jul-06-2 weeks, 3 days
    India22-Jan-058-Jan-05-2 weeks
    Mexico8-May-9815-Apr-98-3 weeks, 1 day
    Philippines1-Feb-011-Oct-00-4 months

    All countries advance but this advance is mostly measured in weeks (vs. months) and has slowed from May:

  • The Philippines sees a four-month progression
  • Mexico experiences a three-week advance
  • Two-week advance for India, the General Category and China

EB-1: extraordinary people, outstanding researchers and professors, and multinational executives and managers

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General CategoryNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
China15-Aug-1715-Jul-17-1 month
Central AmericaNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
India08Jun1601Aug15-10 months, 1 week
MexicoNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
PhilippinesNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
VietnamNo WaitNo WaitNo Change

Very strong movement continues across this category and many categories have now moved to being current, meaning there is no wait:

  • No wait for the General Category, Central America, Mexico, Vietnam and the Philippines
  • Ten-month advance for India
  • One-month advance for China

    EB-2: exceptional people and advanced degree holders

    CountryNew
    Cut-off Date
    Old
    Cut-off Date
    Change in Wait Time
    General CategoryNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
    China1-Nov-151-Oct-15-1 month
    Central AmericaNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
    India12-Jun-092-Jun-09-10 days
    MexicoNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
    PhilippinesNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
    VietnamNo WaitNo WaitNo Change

    No change for most of the category, except for India and China:

    • No visa wait time for the General Category, Central America, Mexico, Vietnam and the Philippines
    • One-month advance for China
    • Ten-day advance for India

    EB-3: bachelor’s degree holders, skilled workers, and unskilled workers

    CountryNew
    Cut-off Date
    Old
    Cut-off Date
    Change in Wait Time
    General Category08Nov1701Jan17-10 months, 1 week
    China15-Jun-1615-May-16-10 months
    Central America08Nov1701Jan17-10 months, 1 week
    India1-Apr-091-Mar-09-1 month
    Mexico08Nov1701Jan17-10 months, 1 week
    Philippines08Nov1701Jan17-10 months, 1 week
    Vietnam08Nov1701Jan17-10 months, 1 week

    A previous stall in this category has somewhat lifted, with strong advances now being experienced throughout:

  • Ten-month advances for General Category, Central America, Mexico, China, Philippines and Vietnam
  • One-month advance for India

In the EB-4 “special immigrants” category, many countries are current and others see moderate advances. In the EB-5, no real changes are seen, except for India, China, and Vietnam that experience moderate advances:

CategoryCountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
EB-4: Special ImmigrantsGeneral CategoryNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
ChinaNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
Central America15Dec1615Aug16-4 months
IndiaNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
Mexico8Jun181May18-1 month, 1 week
PhilippinesNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
VietnamNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
CategoryCountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
EB-5: InvestorsGeneral CategoryNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
China15-Jul-151-Jul-15-2 weeks
Central AmericaNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
India1-Jan-201-Oct-19-3 months
MexicoNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
PhilippinesNo WaitNo WaitNo Change
Vietnam22-Apr-171-Apr-17-3 weeks

Why This Matters

If you’re in line for a green card, it’s important to keep track of actual changes (and likely future developments) in the Visa Bulletin. It’s always a good idea to prepare all the documents needed for your green card application ahead of time, so you can be ready to file as quickly as possible once the Visa Bulletin shows that a green card is available to you. By failing to file in a month when a green card is available, you risk facing a surprise backward movement (“retrogression”) in the next Visa Bulletin, which would close your window of opportunity for filing a green card application.

Stay tuned for next month’s update! As always, we’ll highlight all the important changes for you.


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