Visa Bulletin Trends for the End of the Fiscal Year

Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, manages the monthly Visa Bulletin posted by the Department of State. The Visa Bulletin regulates the priority dates available for immigrants, and it is closely watched each month.

Mr. Oppenheim’s communications with the American Immigration Lawyers Association are published to the membership, and provide some insight into upcoming trends. Of special note, he recently said:

-A final action date of January 1, 2010 will be set for EB-1 India and EB-1 China on August’s Visa Bulletin. In October, the categories will become current again.

-A cutoff date for EB-4 India will likely be listed on the August Visa Bulletin.

-EB-2 Worldwide will likely have a cut-off date with the September Visa Bulletin.

-EB-2 India’s final action date shall likely stay one week ahead of EB-3 for the rest of the fiscal year.