February 2020 Visa Bulletin

January 27, 2020

Subsequent to the issuance of the February 2020 Visa Bulletin, USCIS has informed prospective applicants of which chart to reference when determining if they are eligible to file an application in February.

Family-Sponsored Applicants: Dates for Filing Chart (Except F2A Category)

In February 2020, most family sponsored applicants should refer to the “Dates for Filing” chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin (below). The “C” listing indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date. The listing of a date for any category indicates that only applicants with a priority date which is earlier than the listed date may file their application (Department of State, “Visa Bulletin for February 2020”).

Dates for Filing for Family-Sponsored Applicants:

Family-
 Sponsored
 All Chargeability
 Areas Except
 Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 22MAR14 22MAR14 22MAR14 15NOV99 01OCT09
F2B 22APR15 22APR15 22APR15 15MAY99 01NOV09
F3 22JUL08 22JUL08 22JUL08 15JUL00 01NOV99
F4 22JUL07 22JUL07 22JUL05 01JAN99 01JAN00

NOTE: Applicants in the F2A category may file based on the “Final Action Dates” chart in February 2020. This category is current and includes Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents.

Final Action Dates for Family-Sponsored Applicants:

Family-
 Sponsored
 All Chargeability
 Areas Except
 Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F2A C C C C C

Employment-Based Applicants: Dates for Filing Chart (Except EB-3 Category)

In February 2020, most employment-based applicants should reference the “Dates for Filing” chart below. The listing of a date for any category indicates that the class is oversubscribed; “C” means that the category is current. Employment-based applicants may submit their applications if their category is listed as current or if they have a priority date earlier than the date listed for their category.

Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Applicants:

Employment- Based All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
El SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C 01OCT17 C 15MAR17 C C
2nd C 01AUG16 C 01JUL09 C C
3rd Use Final Action Dates Chart below 01MAR17 Use Final Action Dates Chart below 01FEB10 Use Final Action Dates Chart below 01JAN19
Other Workers Use Final Action Dates Chart below 01AUG08 Use Final Action Dates Chart below 01FEB10 Use Final Action Dates Chart below 01JAN19
4th C C 15AUG16 C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 15AUG16 C C C
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C 15MAY15 C C C C
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C 15MAY15 C C C C

NOTE: USCIS indicates that if a particular immigrant visa category is “current” on the Final Action Dates chart or the cutoff date on the Final Action Dates chart is later than the date on the Dates for Filing chart, applicants in that immigrant visa category may file using the “Final Action Dates” chart during that month. This means that many EB-3 categories remain “C” current in February 2020, but applicants from China, India, and the Philippines must use the Dates for Filing Chart.

Since Vietnam is not listed on the Dates for Filing chart, USCIS is advising adjustment applicants from Vietnam to use the worldwide dates found in the “All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed” column.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Applicants:

Employment- Based  All Chargeability
 Areas Except
 Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
El SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES VIETNAM
3rd C Use Dates for Filing Chart above C Use Dates for Filing Chart above C Use Dates for Filing Chart above C
Other Workers C Use Dates for Filing Chart above C Use Dates for Filing Chart above C Use Dates for Filing Chart above C

 


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