Today, the U.S. Department of State published the Visa Bulletin for August 2019. Among the significant changes in availability of visa numbers is the final action dates for employment-based cases.
For first preference of employment-based cases, which encompasses persons seeking permanent residence as multinational executives/managers and persons of extraordinary ability, the visa number availability date has retrogressed from April 22, 2018 to July 1, 2016. This is significant to many clients who have pending applications for adjustment of status, or relied on the 2018 availability date in planning to permanently relocate to the United States based on approved petitions. This also affects companies in the U.S. that require the services of these individuals.