The September 2019 Visa Bulletin was recently published and it contains significant changes for some visa applicants. While some EB-5 visa applicants saw moderate improvement in available visas from the August 2019 Visa Bulletin, Indian investor applicants will notice that Indian Final Action Dates have moved considerably forward based on, in our opinion, slower than anticipated I-526 adjudications.

The July Visa Bulletin established Current dates for all countries except China, Vietnam, and, for the first time, India. Indian natives with Final Action Dates earlier than May 1, 2017 could file for a visa but Vietnamese nationals were assigned a Final Action Date of October 1, 2016 and Chinese Nationals were assigned Final Action Dates of October 1, 2014. Then, in the August Visa Bulletin, the Final Action Dates for China, India and Vietnam were all set to October 15, 2014, ostensibly as the Department of State identified that India and Vietnam’s country caps were effectively used. With the September 2019 Visa Bulletin, we see India’s Final Action Date lurching forward again to September 1, 2017, while China and Vietnam share an October 22, 2014 Final Action Date.

The Green and Spiegel immigrant investor team tracks the Visa Bulletins carefully and is in a good position to assist potential immigrants who are interested in US investment opportunities and the status that may go along with it. If you have an approved EB-5 or pending petition  and would like to discuss filing for status in the US,contact us today.

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  • David Spaulding is a general immigration law practitioner and Green and Spiegel’s Compliance and Regulatory Practice Counsel.

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