The July 2019 Visa Bulletin is out, and as indicated in last month’s edition, India and Vietnam will each reach their EB-5 visa per-country annual limit during July, resulting in an imposition of a final action date. Three countries now have final action dates under the EB-5 category, as follows:
- China – October 1, 2014
- Vietnam – October 1, 2016
- India – May 1, 2017
The July 2019 Visa Bulletin also indicates that in August, both India and Vietnam will become subject to the same final action date which applies to China-mainland born EB-5 visa applicants for the remainder of the fiscal year (until October 1, 2019). The publication is consistent with information provided by Mr. Charles Oppenheim, Chief, Immigrant Visa Control & Reporting, U.S. Department of State at the IIUSA EB-5 Advocacy Conference last month. In fact, the imposition of a final action date for India around this time was shared by Mr. Oppenheim as early as April 2018. So, if lawfully present in the United States with an approved Form I-526 and able to do so, file your Form I-485 and get the “combo card” to work and travel in the U.S. prior to July.
To learn more about the imposition of a final action date and “retrogression,” be sure to visit our Visa Retrogression Q&A with Managing Partner Bernard Wolfsdorf.