The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for the month of April 2020 notes that the May rank cut-off movements for all DV regions continue to be greater than might ordinarily have been expected, to generate applicant demand under the annual limits. This is because “fewer DV applicants are actively pursuing final action on their cases at consular posts abroad, and the volume of USCIS adjustment cases remains low,” the bulletin notes. If large numbers of applicants eventually begin to have their cases brought to final action, rank cut-off date movements will slow or stop and retrogression would become a possibility. “At this time, it is not possible to say when such action might be required, but late summer would be the most likely time,” the bulletin states.

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