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Thursday, March 15, 2018

April 2018 Visa Bulletin: EB-1 Retrogresses / EB-3 Advances


In April 2018's Visa Bulletin, there are several major movements:

1) EB-1 China and India retrogressed more than six (6) years to January 1, 2012 from being "current".  
2) EB-2 China advances 9 months to August 1, 2014.
3) EB-3 China advances 6.5 months to June 1, 2015.
4) EB-3 India advances 13 months to February 1, 2008.
5) EB-3 Philippines advances 8 months to January 1, 2017.
6) EB-4 Religious Workers become unavailable for all countries.
7) EB-5 Regional Center (I5 and R5) become unavailable for all countries.

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
09/08/1996
01/01/2006
FD
01/01/2012
01/01/2012
01/01/2012
01/15/1998
10/01/2007
F2A
AD
05/01/2016
05/01/2016
05/01/2016
04/01/2016
05/01/2016
FD
09/22/2017
09/22/2017
09/22/2017
09/22/2017
09/22/2017
F2B
AD
04/08/2011
04/08/2011
04/08/2011
11/01/1996
11/01/2006
FD
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
01/01/1997
09/01/2007
F3
AD
01/08/2006
01/08/2006
01/08/2006
07/08/1995
03/22/1995
FD
09/01/2006
09/01/2006
09/01/2006
12/15/1997
06/15/1995
F4
AD
09/15/2004
09/15/2004
02/15/2004
12/08/1997
12/15/1994
FD
03/08/2005
03/08/2005
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
      01/01/2012

C
          01/01/2012

C

C
FD
C
C
C
C
C
C
EB2
AD
 C
08/01/2014
C
  12/22/2008
C
C
FD
C
02/01/2015
C
02/08/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
C
06/01/2015
C
02/01/2008
C
01/01/2017
FD
C
01/01/2016
C
04/01/2008
C
07/01/2017
Other Workers
AD
C
04/01/2007
C
02/01/2008
C
01/01/2017
FD
C
06/01/2008
C
04/01/2008
C
07/01/2017
EB4
AD
C
C
12/15/2015
C
08/08/2016
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 April 2018:- Certain Religious Workers for all countries.- 5th Regional Center (I5 and R5)

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