February 2019 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for February 2019.

EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now December 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of February 8, 2017, so there has been significant progress in this cattegory.

EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who have a cutoff date of April 6, 2009 (EB-2) and April 22, 2009 (EB-3) AND those born in China who now have a cutoff date of October 1, 2015 (EB-2) and July 1, 2015 (EB-3).

However, the USCIS may announce soon that it will accept adjustment of status applications in February for family-based petitions and employment-based petitions for those with priority dates before the listed cutoff date in the filing dates chart. This cutoff dates in this chart are far ahead so many applicants can apply for adjustment of status faster. Be sure to check https://www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo and the filing dates chart to see if you are eligible for adjustment of status.

However, your priority date must be earlier than the date in the final action chart for final approval of your immigrant visa or adjustment of status application.

This information is provided as an educational service. Consult with an attorney for your specific circumstances.  For a comprehensive evaluation of your immigration options, you are invited to call me at 214-472-2161, complete my contact form, or visit my websites at www.badmuslaw.com and  www.physicianimmigration.com.

Published by Ann Massey Badmus

Ann Badmus helps foreign national medical providers and their employers successfully cut through immigration red tape for fast and timely employment. Through her unique Immigration Prescription Program, she skillfully solves even the most complex immigration problems. Her comprehensive and clear advice has helped thousands of providers, employers, and recruiters avoid immigration delays, saving time and expense and providing a stress-free experience for all. Ann is frequently invited to speak about immigration issues before various organizations, including medical associations such as the American Academy of Neurology. She has also published numerous immigration articles and has authored a well-received book, The Immigration Prescription: The Practical Guide to Immigration for Foreign Born Physicians.

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