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Saturday, July 14, 2018

August 2018 Visa Bulletin: EB-1 Retrogression

















In the August 2018 Visa Bulletin, all EB-1 categories have cut-off dates of 05/01/2016 except China and India which are cutoff at 01/01/2012.  This has never happened before. 

EB-2 and EB-3 China advance 3 months and 18 months respectively.  EB-2 and EB-3 India both advance 2 months.  EB-2 and EB-3 Philippines both advance 5 months.

For the first time, Vietnam has cutoff dates for EB-1 and EB-5.

Family immigration categories have moderate advancements.

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

05/01/2016
      01/01/2012

05/01/2016
          01/01/2012

05/01/2016

05/01/2016
FD
C
C
C
C
C
C
EB2
AD
 C
03/01/2015
C
  03/15/2009
C
C
FD
C
04/01/2015
C
05/22/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
C
07/01/2014
C
01/01/2009
C
06/01/2017
FD
C
01/01/2016
C
05/01/2009
C
07/01/2017
Other Workers
AD
C
05/01/2007
        C
01/01/2009
C
06/01/2017
FD
C
06/01/2008
C
05/01/2009
C
07/01/2017
EB4
AD
C
C
02/08/2016
02/08/2016
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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