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Friday, December 14, 2018

January 2019 Visa Bulletin




In January 2019's Visa Bulletin, employment-based categories remain stagnant.  EB-1 is still retrogressed for all countries.  EB-1 India and China advance to 12/15/2016. EB-2 China moves forward to 08/01/2015; EB-2 India stays at 04/01/2009.  EB-3 India and China have no movement while EB-3 Philippines advances slightly to 06/22/2017.  

There is not much movement in the family-based categories.  


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

      Family
Other Countries
      China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
08/22/2011
08/22/2011
08/22/2011
08/01/1997
03/01/2007
FD
03/08/201203/08/201203/08/201208/22/1999
02/15/2008
F2A
AD
11/08/2016
11/08/2016
11/08/2016
10/15/2016
11/08/2016
FD
12/01/2017
12/01/2017
12/01/2017
12/01/2017
12/01/2017
F2B
AD
03/15/2012
03/15/2012
03/15/2012
06/08/1997
06/22/2007
FD
03/22/2014
03/22/2014
03/22/2014
09/08/1997
12/15/2007
F3
AD
08/15/2006
08/15/2006
08/15/2006
12/22/1995
07/22/1995
FD
01/08/2007
01/08/2007
01/08/2007
05/01/2000
06/01/1997
F4
AD
05/22/2005
05/22/2005
06/15/2004
02/08/1998
09/01/1995
FD
05/15/2006
05/15/2006
01/01/2005
10/08/1998
04/22/1997

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
      10/01/2017
   12/15/2016
10/01/2017
  12/15/2016
10/01/2017
10/01/2017
10/01/2017
FD
06/01/2018
10/01/2017
06/01/2018
10/01/2017
06/01/2018
06/01/2018
C
EB2
AD
 C
08/01/2015
C
  04/01/2009
C
C
        C
FD
C
09/08/2015
C
05/22/2009
C
C
C
EB3
AD
C
06/08/2015
C
03/01/2009
C
06/22/2017
C
FD
C
01/01/2016
C
04/01/2010
C
08/01/2017
C
Other Workers
  AD
C
07/01/2007
          C
03/01/2009
C
06/22/2017
C
FD
C
06/01/2008
C
04/01/2010
C
08/01/2017
C
EB4
AD
C
C
02/22/2016
C
04/15/2017
C
C
FD
C
C
05/01/2016
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
09/01/2014
C
C
C
C
06/01/2016
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 January 2019:- Certain Religious Workers for all countries.- 5th Regional Center (I5 and R5)

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