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Friday, September 14, 2018

October 2018 Visa Bulletin: EB Categories Bounce Back





A new batch of visa numbers has been released for October - the first month of the fiscal year. As predicted, the Final Action dates for many employment categories have returned to more "normal" status.  Some categories such as EB-2 and EB-3 have returned "current" status.  Family categories also advance moderately.
  • All EB-1 categories are still cut off.  EB-1 China and India move forward by 4 1/2 years to 06/01/2011. All other countries advance 10 months to 04/01/2017.  
  • EB-2 India and China advance more than 2 years to 03/26/2009 and 04/01/2015 respectively.
  • All other EB-2 categories are current!
  • EB-3 India and China advance 6 months to 01/01/2009 and 06/01/2015 respectively.
  • All other EB-3 categories are current!
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AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval)   FD : Dates for Filing Applications Only
      Family
Other Countries
      China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
06/01/2011
06/01/2011
06/01/2011
08/01/1997
12/22/2006
FD
03/08/201203/08/201203/08/201210/08/1998
02/15/2008
F2A
AD
08/22/2016
08/22/2016
08/22/2016
08/01/2016
08/22/2016
FD
12/01/2017
12/01/2017
12/01/2017
12/01/2017
12/01/2017
F2B
AD
11/22/2011
11/22/2011
11/22/2011
05/15/1997
05/15/2007
FD
03/22/2014
03/22/2014
03/22/2014
06/22/1997
12/15/2007
F3
AD
06/15/2006
06/15/2006
06/15/2006
12/22/1995
06/08/1995
FD
01/08/2007
01/08/2007
01/08/2007
12/22/1998
06/01/1997
F4
AD
02/15/2005
02/15/2005
05/01/2004
01/22/1998
06/08/1995
FD
06/01/2005
06/01/2005
01/01/2005
06/22/1998
04/08/1996

1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,400 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 23,400 per year)
4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)

   
Employment
Other Countries
China
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
India
Mexico
Philippines

Vietnam
EB1
AD
      04/01/2017
    06/01/2016
04/01/2017
  06/01/2016
04/01/2017
04/01/2017
04/01/2017
FD
06/01/2018
10/01/2017
06/01/2018
10/01/2017
06/01/2018
06/01/2018
C
EB2
AD
 C
04/01/2015
C
  03/26/2009
C
C
        C
FD
C
06/15/2015
C
05/22/2009
C
C
C
EB3
AD
C
06/01/2015
C
01/01/2009
C
06/01/2017
C
FD
C
08/08/2015
C
10/01/2009
C
07/01/2017
C
Other Workers
  AD
C
05/01/2007
          C
01/01/2009
C
06/01/2017
C
FD
C
06/01/2008
C
10/01/2009
C
07/01/2017
C
EB4
AD
C
C
02/15/2016
C
10/22/2016
C
C
FD
C
C
05/01/2016
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
08/15/2014
C
C
C
C
01/01/2016
FD
C
10/01/2014
C
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 October 2018:- Certain Religious Workers for all countries.- 5th Regional Center (I5 and R5)

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