On April 23, 2021, The Department of State’s Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division hosted his 2nd live chat to answer questions related to the Visa Bulletin and provide insight and predictions on the progression and regression of priority dates this fiscal year (which ends on September 30, 2021). Each month, the Department of State publishes the Visa Bulletin, which summarizes the availability of immigrant visa numbers available for individuals in the employment based, family based, and diversity lottery categories. The bulletin indicates when applicants in those categories are eligible to apply for a visa based on their priority date. Given the numerical limits in place for these immigrant visas, applicants often wait years or even decades for their priority date to be current and the wait times vary depending on their category and country of birth.
The following are some of the highlights and predictions from this month’s live chat:
The videos are posted on the Department of State’s YouTube Channel each month. Questions can be emailed to VisaBulletin@state.gov ahead of the event with “Chat with Charlie Question” in the subject line. Questions will also be taken via the YouTube Live Chat and will be answered in real-time. The event is intended to address issues of general interest related to the content of the Visa Bulletin, and no policy, case, or post specific questions are accepted.
If you have questions related to your immigration matters, please contact an attorney at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C.