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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

July 2018 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China Retrogressed 2.5 years!

In July, the headline news is the major retrogression of EB-3 China by 2.5 years to 01/01/2013, while EB-2 China has moved forward by 4 months.

India's EB-2 cutoff date moves forward by 3 months while EB-3 and EB-4 advance 6 months. Mexico's EB-4 has moved back 8.5 months.

Family F-1 categories have also advanced. Cutoff dates for India and China have moved forward 2 months. Mexico has moved forward 1.5 months. The Philippines date moved forward 4.5 months. F-2A for all countries has advanced 70 days to 12/01/2017. China and India's F-2B dates move forward by 4 months to 1/8/2012. The Philippines has it's F-2B final action cutoff date moves forward by 3.5 months while Mexico has it moved forward only 1 month.

The changes can be observed in the tables below:

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

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)



Employement
Other Countries
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
01/01/2015
C
  03/15/2009
C
C
FD
C
04/01/2015
C
05/22/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
C
01/01/2013
C
11/01/2008
C
01/01/2017
FD
C
01/01/2016
C
05/01/2009
C
07/01/2017
Other Workers
AD
C
05/01/2007
        C
11/01/2008
C
01/01/2017
FD
C
06/01/2008
C
05/01/2009
C
07/01/2017
EB4
AD
C
C
02/08/2016
C
02/08/2016
C
FD
C
C
05/01/2016
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
08/01/2014
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)

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