U.S. DOS Publishes July Visa Bulletin: India to be Subject to a Final Action Date for First Time

The U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs has published the July 2019 Visa Bulletin. The bulletin revealed unchanged final action dates of October 1, 2014 for Mainland-China applications and October 1, 2016 for Vietnam applicants.

Most importantly the bulletin revealed that India will be subject to a final action date in July of May 1, 2017. This marks the first time in program history that India has been subject to a final action date. The announcement does not come as much of a surprise for the industry which has been anticipating the imposition of a final action date for the India market. In the June bulletin, the Department of State had advised that India was likely to reach its per-country annual limit during July.

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July 2019 Visa Bulletin 

From the Bulletin 

July Visa Bulletin– As readers were advised might happen in item E of the June Visa Bulletin, India and Vietnam will each reach their per-country annual limit during July. This has resulted in the Vietnam date being held, and has required the imposition of a July final action date for India.

For August, both countries will become subject to the same final action date which applies to China-mainland born Employment Fifth preference (E5) applicants, and they will be for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Such action will only be temporary, with the E5 date for each advancing for October, the first month of fiscal year 2020, as follows:

India: Most likely advancing to the summer or fall of 2017.
Vietnam: Most likely advancing to the fall or early winter of 2016.

July Visa Bulletin


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