State Department Announces Temporary Establishment and Retrogression of August Employment-Based Final Action Dates
This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.
The Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin for August 2019 notes that there has been a steadily increasing level of employment-based applicant demand since late May for adjustment of status cases filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and there is no indication that this trending increase will end. Therefore, the agency has established or retrogressed many of the August Final Action Dates in an effort to hold worldwide number use within the maximum allowed under the FY 2019 annual limits.
The implementation of these dates is expected to be only a temporary issue, DOS said. For October, the first month of fiscal year 2020, “every effort will be made to return these final action dates to those which applied for July.”