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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

February 2018 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China Advances 5 Months



For February, there are some advancements for the EB-2 and EB-3 categories.  Most significantly, EB-3 China moves forward by 5 months while EB-2 China advances by 7 weeks.  India's EB-2 and EB-3 move forward by 2 weeks and 1 month respectively.  It should be noted that the Filing Date for EB-2 China also advances by 1 year, which should help overseas applicants to start the processing a lot quicker.  

Advancement of China's EB-3 category is expected to continue and, hence, Chinese applicants with I-140 approvals under the EB-2 category should consider downgrading to take advantage of the situation.

There are some moderate advancements in the family-based categories.  Family 1st for Philippines moves up by 7 months in February. 

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
07/01/1996
08/01/2005
FD
01/01/2012
01/01/2012
01/01/2012
11/01/1996
10/01/2007
F2A
AD
03/01/2016
03/01/2016
03/01/2016
02/01/2016
03/01/2016
FD
11/01/2016
11/01/2016
11/01/2016
11/01/2016
11/01/2016
F2B
AD
01/15/2011
01/15/2011
01/15/2011
08/15/1996
07/01/2006
FD
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
01/01/1997
09/01/2007
F3
AD
11/15/2005
11/15/2005
11/15/2005
06/22/1995
03/15/1995
FD
12/01/2005
12/01/2005
12/01/2005
10/01/1995
06/15/1995
F4
AD
07/22/2004
07/22/2004
01/08/2004
11/08/1997
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
10/01/2013
C
  12/08/2008
C
C
FD
C
11/15/2014
C
02/08/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
C
09/15/2014
C
12/01/2006
C
03/01/2016
FD
C
01/01/2016
C
01/01/2008
C
08/01/2016
Other Workers
AD
C
02/01/2007
C
12/01/2006
C
03/01/2016
FD
C
06/01/2008
C
01/01/2008
C
08/01/2016
EB4
AD
C
C
12/01/2015
C
06/22/2016
C
FD
C
C
04/15/2016
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
07/22/2014
C
C
C
C
FD
C
09/01/2014
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 February 2018:
- Certain Religious Workers for all countries.


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