The U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs has released the Visa Bulletin for the month of December 2018 (View PDF). The bulletin revealed a cutoff date of August 22, 2014 for Mainland-China born applicants an advance of one week and a cutoff date of May 1, 2016 for Vietnam born applicants a two month advancement.
As of December 1, 2018 Mainland Chinese and Vietnamese investors who filed their I-526 petitions on or before the new cutoff dates will be eligible to schedule interviews with Department of State Consular offices and be issued conditional immigration visas to enter the U.S. or apply for adjustment of status if they are already in the U.S.
Special Data and Insights from the Department of State
Earlier this year, Chief of Immigrant Visa Control & Reporting Division at U.S. Department of State, Charlie Oppenheim spoke at the IIUSA Industry Forum. Mr. Oppenheim shared his insights and critical information on his predictions for visa numbers and retrogression in the year ahead.
Full presentation materials from Mr. Oppenheim’s panel can be reviewed here. In addition IIUSA staff produced an in-depth analysis of the statitics Mr. Oppenheim shared with us which can be explored here.