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August 2020 Visa Bulletin Analysis

The August 2020 visa bulletin has seen a significant forward push in the employment based categories. Continuing from the previous month the positive movement is in favor of the EB-1 and EB-3 categories this month.

Overall, petitioners in the EB-1 category have the most to celebrate for. A solid nine and six-month advancement for India and China have brought their priority dates to February 18, 2018.

Final Action Dates
       Category         India       China        ROW
           EB-1    Feb 8, 2018   Feb 8, 2018     Current
           EB-2   Jul 8, 2009   Jan 15, 2016     Current
           EB-3   Oct 1, 2009   Feb 15, 2017     Apr 1, 2019
           EB-5   Current   Aug 8, 2015     Current


The President's Executive Order that closed the US borders to all new immigrants has certainly favored the ones in the current queue. This order is effective until December 31, 2020. It is worth looking out to see how this forward movement trend is impacted until then.

Inspite of the volatile immigration climate in the US today, many have benefitted. Now that so many have advanced with their priority dates, it will automatically direct them to proceed towards the next step in the process that is conducting their mandatory medical examinations and having their biometrics taken.  

For the complete analysis of the August 2020 Visa Bulletin, check out the status of cutoff dates in Path2USA.