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April Visa Bulletin Notes Movement In Many Employment-Based Categories

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for April 2019 notes

that Final Action Date movement in many employment-based preference

categories continues to be greater than might ordinarily be

expected. This is anticipated to continue for at least the next few


The Department explained that this movement is a direct result

of fewer applicants proceeding to final action on their cases at

consular posts abroad and at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration

Services offices. Once large numbers of applicants begin to have

their cases brought to final action, final action date movements

will necessarily slow or stop, the bulletin says. Moreover, in some

categories, final action date retrogression is a possibility if

demand levels are excessive. Therefore, the recent rates of final

action date advances will not continue indefinitely, but the

bulletin notes that “it is not possible to say at present when

they will end.”

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