The Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin for the month of March 2020 has been released.
Oversubscription of Employment Third and Third Other Worker Categories (Worldwide, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Philippines)
- As predicted, there continues to be an extremely high rate of demand for employment third (E3) and third other worker (EW) visa numbers, primarily for USCIS adjustment-of-status applicants. The bulletin therefore imposes E3 and EW final action dates for the month of March. In February, most of them were Current.
- The March final action date is January 1, 2017, which is imposed immediately for all future requests for numbers. The bulletin says this will allow DOS to hold worldwide number use within the maximum allowed under the FY 2020 annual limits.
- No forward movement of this date is expected in the foreseeable future.
EB-5 Visa Availability for China
- The China-mainland born employment fifth preference final action date for March has advanced rapidly, from December 1, 2014, to May 15, 2015. The bulletin says DOS took this action in an effort to generate an increased level of demand. Despite the large numbers of registered China fifth preference demand, currently there are not enough applicants actively pursuing final action on their cases to fully use the numbers expected to be available under the annual limit, the bulletin notes.
- Once large numbers of applicants begin to have their cases brought to action, the bulletin says, some type of corrective action may be needed to control number use within the annual limit.
- The bulletin points out that applicants who are entitled to immigrant status become documentarily qualified, and potentially eligible for interview, at their own initiative and convenience, and drops this hint: “By no means has every applicant with a priority date earlier than a prevailing final action date been processed for final visa action.”
- It’s therefore prudent to check the bulletin each month and act quickly at the earliest opportunity.