The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for April 2019 notes that Final Action Date movement in many employment-based green card categories continues to be greater than might ordinarily be expected. This is anticipated to continue for at least the next few months.

The Department explained that this movement is a direct result of fewer applicants proceeding to final action on their cases at consular posts abroad and at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices. Once large numbers of applicants begin to have their cases brought to final action, final action date movements will slow or stop, the bulletin says. Moreover, in some categories, final action date retrogression is a possibility if demand levels are excessive. Therefore, the recent rates of final action date advances will not continue indefinitely, but the bulletin notes that “it is not possible to say at present when they will end.”

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