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Friday, November 24, 2017

December 2017 Visa Bulletin: Philippines Family 1st Moves Back by 2 Years



December's Visa Bulletin brings only small advancements in general.  Philippines' Family 1st Preference retrogresses by 2 years to January 1, 2005.  EB-3 India advances 3 weeks.  EB-3 China advances 5 weeks. Final Action Dates for EB-3 China remain ahead of EB-2 China.  Hence, Chinese EB-2 employment-based applicants may still take advantage of the "downgrading" mechanism to apply for I-485 adjustment applications earlier.   


AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval)FD : Dates for Filing Applications
      Family
Other Coountries
      China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
02/01/2011
02/01/2011
02/01/2011
04/01/1996
01/01/2005
FD
01/01/2012
01/01/2012
01/01/2012
11/01/1996
10/01/2007
F2A
AD
12/22/2015
12/22/2015
12/22/2015
11/15/2015
12/22/2015
FD
11/01/2016
11/01/2016
11/01/2016
11/01/2016
11/01/2016
F2B
AD
11/22/2010
11/22/2010
11/22/2010
07/22/1996
07/01/2006
FD
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
01/01/1997
09/01/2007
F3
AD
09/08/2005
09/08/2005
09/08/2005
05/22/1995
03/08/1995
FD
12/01/2005
12/01/2005
12/01/2005
10/01/1995
06/15/1995
F4
AD
06/08/2004
06/08/2004
11/22/2003
10/08/1997
08/01/1994
FD
11/15/2004
11/15/2004
06/22/2004
02/08/1998
03/01/1995
1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,000 per year).2A: The 2 "A" preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens.(about 23,000 per year)4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)



Employment
Other Counties
China

El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
India
Mexico
Philippines
EB1
AD
C
         C
C
          C
C
C
FD
C
C
C
C
C
C
EB2
AD
 C
07/01/2013
C
  11/01/2008
C
C
FD
C
11/15/2013
C
02/08/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
C
03/08/2014
C
10/15/2006
C
01/15/2016
FD
C
09/01/2015
C
01/01/2008
C
08/01/2016
Other Workers
AD
C
07/01/2006
C
10/15/2006
C
01/15/2016
FD
C
06/01/2008
C
01/01/2008
C
08/01/2016
EB4
AD
C
C
11/08/2015
C
04/22/2016
C
FD
C
C
04/15/2016
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
07/15/2014
C
C
C
C
FD
C
10/01/2014
C
C
C
C

1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding prof./researchers)2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious & others) 5th: Employment Creation (Investors)


USCIS announced that regarding the filing of I-485 adjustment of status:

For Family-Sponsored Filings:
Applicants must use the Dates for Filing chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for December 2017.

For Employment-Based Preference Filings:
Applicants must use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for December 2017.

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