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Friday, February 23, 2018

March 2018 Visa Bulletin


In March's Visa Bulletin, EB-2 India advances 1 week only while EB-2 China moves forward by 2 months.  EB-3 India and EB-3 China moves forward by 1 month and 2 months respectfully.  EB-3 Philippines also moves forward by 2 months.  "Downgrading" from EB-2 to EB-3 continues to be a viable option for Chinese born applicants who wish to speed up their immigration process.  Family immigration categories advance very slowly.  Family 1st Philippines advances 2.5 months.

AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval)  FD : Dates for Filing Applications

      Family
Other Countries
      China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
03/22/2011
03/22/2011
03/22/2011
07/22/1996
10/15/2005
FD
01/01/2012
01/01/2012
01/01/2012
09/08/1997
10/01/2007
F2A
AD
03/22/2016
03/22/2016
03/22/2016
03/01/2016
03/22/2016
FD
05/01/2017
05/01/2017
05/01/2017
05/01/2017
05/01/2017
F2B
AD
03/01/2011
03/01/2011
03/01/2011
10/15/1996
09/08/2006
FD
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
01/01/1997
09/01/2007
F3
AD
12/15/2005
12/15/2005
12/15/2005
06/22/1995
03/22/1995
FD
12/01/2005
12/01/2005
12/01/2005
04/01/1997
06/15/1995
F4
AD
08/22/2004
08/22/2004
02/01/2004
11/15/1997
11/22/1994
FD
01/22/2005
01/22/2005
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
12/08/2013
C
  12/15/2008
C
C
FD
C
02/01/2015
C
02/08/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
C
11/15/2014
C
01/01/2007
C
05/01/2016
FD
C
01/01/2016
C
01/01/2008
C
10/01/2016
Other Workers
AD
C
03/01/2007
C
01/01/2007
C
05/01/2016
FD
C
06/01/2008
C
01/01/2008
C
10/01/2016
EB4
AD
C
C
12/01/2015
C
07/01/2016
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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