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State Department’s Charlie Oppenheim’s comments on the December 2019 Visa Bulletin

Employment-Based Categories


Charlie is seeing low demand in the EB-1 Worldwide category. Thus, he predicts that EB-1 Worldwide (including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Mexico Philippines and Vietnam) will continue to advance at a pace of up to 3 months for the foreseeable future.


EB-2 Worldwide (including EB-2 El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, EB-2 Mexico, EB-2 Philippines, and EB-2 Vietnam) remains current for December, but could retrogress as early as January 2020.


Although EB-3 Worldwide (including EB-3 El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, EB-3 Mexico, and EB-3 Vietnam) will remain current in December, there is a real possibility that this category could have a final action date imposed as early as January 2020.


Family-Based Categories 

The F2A Final Action Date, which has been current since July 2019, remains current across all countries through December. The data available at this time indicates that F2A should remain current for the foreseeable future.

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