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Sunday, April 15, 2018

May 2018 Visa Bulletin



May's Visa Bulletin has no notable movements.   EB-2 China continues to be significantly ahead of EB-3 China, allowing many Chinese applicants to continue"downgrading" their applicants to EB-3 and filing their I-485 applicants a lot sooner.

  • EB-1 continues to retrogress (not current) for EB-1 China and India
  • EB-2 China advances one month
  • EB-3 India advances 3 months

Filing Dates:  (May not apply to U.S. filings)

  • EB-2 India advances 7 weeks
  • EB-3 India advances 5 months

AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval)  FD : Dates for Filing Applications
      Family
Other Countries
      China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
04/08/2011
04/08/2011
04/08/2011
11/15/1996
01/22/2006
FD
01/08/2012
01/08/2012
01/08/2012
07/15/1998
10/08/2007
F2A
AD
06/01/2016
06/01/2016
06/01/2016
04/22/2016
06/01/2016
FD
09/22/2017
09/22/2017
09/22/2017
09/22/2017
09/22/2017
F2B
AD
05/15/2011
05/15/2011
05/15/2011
12/01/1996
12/15/2006
FD
09/08/2011
09/08/2011
09/08/2011
05/22/1997
09/08/2007
F3
AD
02/01/2006
02/01/2006
02/01/2006
09/01/1995
04/01/1995
FD
09/08/2006
09/08/2006
09/08/2006
09/22/1998
07/22/1995
F4
AD
10/01/2004
10/01/2004
03/01/2004
01/08/1998
02/01/1995
FD
04/01/2005
04/01/2005
12/01/2004
05/08/1998
10/15/1995
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
  01/01/2012
C
  01/01/2012
C
C
FD
C
C
C
C
C
C
EB2
AD
 C
09/01/2014
C
  12/22/2008
C
C
FD
C
02/01/2015
C
04/01/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
C
06/01/2015
C
05/01/2008
C
01/01/2017
FD
C
01/01/2016
C
09/01/2008
C
07/01/2017
Other Workers
AD
C
05/01/2007
C
05/01/2008
C
01/01/2017
FD
C
06/01/2008
C
09/01/2008
C
07/01/2017
EB4
AD
C
C
12/15/2015
C
10/22/2016
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)


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