USCIS Sets the May 2020 Adjustment of Status Filing Charts from the Visa Bulletin
Law IMM Analysis:
Following the much-delayed release of the May 2020 Visa Bulletin by the U.S. Department of State, the USCIS has decided to continue following the previous months’ filing procedure and set that for family-sponsored filings, filers should once again follow the Dates for Filing Chart for the May 2020 Visa Bulletin.
And just like in previous months, because the F2A category remains ‘Current’ on the Final Action Dates Chart for Family-sponsored preference cases, this means that applicants in the F2A category (spouses and children of permanent residents) may continue to use the Final Action Dates chart for May 2020, and this applies to all nationalities.
Furthermore, just like in April, the USCIS continues to permit all filers in the employment-based preference filings should follow the Final Action Dates for employment-based preference cases for the May 2020 visa bulletin. It appears that by continuing this trend, it could be reasonable to presume that the visa number usage in the employment-based preference filings continues to be strong, and the USCIS wants to hold the line on the EB-preference case numbers for a while more.
In light of the recent news regarding the White House proclamation on temporary immigrant visa ban for consular processing cases, it is too early to tell whether that ban will have any significant impact, if at all, regarding the overall visa number demands that continue to be strong across all nationalities, many of whom have been waiting for many years to become ‘current’.
Due to the fluid nature of the visa number movement, and coupled by the uncertainties posed by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we do advise readers to refer back to our site regularly for any updates and new developments about the monthly visa bulletin.
Should you have any further questions about the different visa preference categories and filing procedures, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns further.