The U.S. Department of State recently issued June 2020 Visa bulletin. Visa bulletin determines when a person can apply for a green card either by way of consulate interview or by filing an application for adjustment of status. In order for an applicant to be eligible to receive a green card, the priority date for the country of origin of the applicant needs to be current. United States is the preferred employment based immigration destination for Chinese, Indian and Vietnamese, therefore, all three countries are facing retrogression in multiple visa categories. A country faces retrogression when the green card quota for that country in a particular year has been exceeded.


Employment-basedAll Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedCHINA- mainland bornEL SALVADOR GUATEMALA HONDURASINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINESVIETNAM
Other Workers08NOV1715JUL0808NOV1701APR0908NOV1708NOV1708NOV17
Certain Religious WorkersCC15DEC16C08JUN18CC
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)


There has been a lot of volatility in the year 2020 for India and Vietnam. However, for China there was little movement across all categories ranging from 3 months for Employment Based First Category or EB-1 Visa, 5 months for Employment Based Second Category or EB-2 visa, 6.5 months for Employment Based Third Category or EB-3 and 8 months for Employment Based Fifth Category or EB-5 Visa. For India EB-1 and EB-5 visa categories moved exponentially, 18 and 20 months respectively. Whereas, EB-2 and EB-3 categories moved only 1 and 3 months. Vietnamese applicants faced maximum volatility. EB-1 moved 21 months, EB-2 remained current, however, EB-3 had a shocking movement, it went from current to November 2017 and EB-5 moved up by 4 months.