May 2020 Visa Bulletin Moves Forward for EB-1 and EB-5

Washington, D.C. – April 24, 2020: The U.S. Department of State recently published its monthly Visa Bulletin for May, 2020, a few days after a Presidential proclamation was signed to temporarily limit immigration to the U.S. for 60-days.

Employment Based Green Cards

The May, 2020 visa bulletin follows significant movement forward in the March, 2020 visa bulletin for China and India in the EB-5 categories. The current visa bulletin shows another significant jump forward for India EB-5, from a cutoff date of January 1, 2019 to October 1, 2019 and for the China EB-5 category, from 05/15/2015 to 07/15/2015. The Dates for Filing Charts (“Chart B”) remained unchanged from last month’s visa bulletin.

The EB-1 category progressed one month forward for China to July 15, 2017 and three months forward for India to August, 1 2015. For EB-2 visas, Chinese and Indian applicants also saw a one-month jump from last month’s visa bulletin.

USCIS has confirmed that individuals filing for adjustment of status in May of 2020 must use the Final Action Dates chart (“Chart A”). This information is provided by USCIS on a monthly basis on their website here:

As reported yesterday at, EB-5 visas were exempted from the President’s 60 day suspension of immigration to the US, as were other employment-based green cards for health care professionals.

Family-Based Green Cards

In the family-based green card categories, the May 2020 Visa Bulletin reports that green cards by Lawful Permanent Residents for their spouses and children under age 21 remain current and not subject to a waiting list for any country. This category, however, is impacted by the President’s 60-day suspension of immigration to the US.

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