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Saturday, December 23, 2017

January 2018 Visa Bulletin



There is not much movement in the first Visa Bulletin of 2018. The EB-2 and EB-3 categories advance several weeks for India and China. EB-3 Philippines moves forward by one month. Family 1st and 2nd categories also advance moderately. 

AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval) FD : Dates for Filing Applications
      Family
Other Countries
      China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
03/15/2011
03/15/2011
03/15/2011
05/01/1996
01/01/2005
FD
01/01/2012
01/01/2012
01/01/2012
11/01/1996
10/01/2007
F2A
AD
02/01/2016
02/01/2016
02/01/2016
01/01/2016
02/01/2016
FD
11/01/2016
11/01/2016
11/01/2016
11/01/2016
11/01/2016
F2B
AD
12/01/2010
12/01/2010
12/01/2010
08/15/1996
07/01/2006
FD
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
01/01/1997
09/01/2007
F3
AD
10/08/2005
10/08/2005
10/08/2005
06/15/1995
03/15/1995
FD
12/01/2005
12/01/2005
12/01/2005
10/01/1995
06/15/1995
F4
AD
06/22/2004
06/22/2004
12/15/2003
11/01/1997
09/01/1994
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
08/08/2013
C
  11/22/2008
C
C
FD
C
11/15/2013
C
02/08/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
C
04/15/2014
C
11/01/2006
C
02/15/2016
FD
C
09/01/2015
C
01/01/2008
C
08/01/2016
Other Workers
AD
C
12/22/2006
C
11/012006
C
02/15/2016
FD
C
06/01/2008
C
01/01/2008
C
08/01/2016
EB4
AD
C
C
12/01/2015
C
06/01/2016
C
FD
C
C
04/15/2016
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
07/22/2014
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)

Notes:  The following two categories (not listed above) have become "unavailable" in January 2018 -
- Certain Religious Workers for all countries.
- 5th Regional Center (I5 and R5) for China born applicants.


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