The July 2020 Priority Dates

The July 2020 Priority Dates

Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month, for the various family and employment based categories. A priority date is a person’s “place in line” for a visa, meaning immigrant visas (or green cards) would be available for persons whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below. If your priority date was “current,” but later retrogressed (or “moved backwards” and became unavailable) before your immigrant visa was issued (or before you adjusted status in the U.S.), you would have to wait until it becomes current again.

Beginning last October 2015, the format of the Visa Bulletin changed, in that a new column was added, called the “Application Filing Date.” If a person’s priority date is earlier than the Application Filing Date, they can already file for adjustment of status and work authorization (provided they are otherwise eligible and USCIS indicates on its website it will use the Application Filing Date for that month). This could allow people to obtain work authorization much sooner than before, where they had to wait for the priority date to be current (in the Visa Issuance Date column) in order to both file for adjustment and be eligible for a green card.

The priority dates for the Philippines are as follows:

FAMILY CATEGORY: Application Filing
Date
Visa Issuance
Date
First Preference Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens
(over 21 years of age)
February 08, 2012
June 01, 2011
Second Preference (2A) Spouse and minor children
(below 21 years old) of green card holder
June 01, 2020
Current
(2B) Unmarried sons and daughters
(21 years old or older) of green card holder
August 01, 2011
January 01, 2011
Third Preference Married sons and daughters of U.S. Citizens April 22, 2002
August 15, 2001
Fourth Preference Brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens. January 08, 2002
June 01, 2001

 

LABOR CERTIFICATION Application Filing Date Visa Issuance Date
Second Preference Advanced Degree (Masters) Current Current
Third Preference Professional/Skilled Workers April 01, 2019
April 15, 2018
Other workers Non-Skilled Workers April 01, 2019
April 15, 2018


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