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Monday, January 14, 2019

February 2019 Visa Bulletin: Family and Employment Advance

  
For February, Employment categories advance moderately.
EB-1 China and India advance 55 days; most other EB-1 countries advance about 2 months.
EB-2 China advances 2 months while EB-2 India advances 5 days only.
EB-3 China advances 23 days; EB-3 India advances 52 days; Philippines advance 40 days.

Family categories also advance gradually.
Family 1st advances 1 month for most countries.
F2B, F-3 & F-4 also advance moderately.   F-4 Philippines advance 7+ months to December 8, 1997.

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

      Family
Other Countries
      China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
09/22/2011
09/22/2011
09/22/2011
08/01/1997
03/15/2007
FD
04/08/201204/08/201204/08/201209/22/1999
03/15/2008
F2A
AD
12/01/2016
12/01/2016
12/01/2016
11/15/2016
12/01/2016
FD
12/01/2017
12/01/2017
12/01/2017
12/01/2017
12/01/2017
F2B
AD
05/01/2012
05/01/2012
05/01/2012
07/22/1997
07/01/2007
FD
06/22/2014
06/22/2014
06/22/2014
10/08/1997
01/15/2008
F3
AD
08/22/ 2006
08/22/2006
08/22/2006
12/22/1995
08/22/1995
FD
02/01/2007
02/01/2007
02/01/2007
06/08/2000
08/01/1997
F4
AD
06/22/2005
06/22/2005
06/22/2004
02/08/1998
10/01/1995
FD
06/15/2006
06/15/2006
02/01/2005
11/01/1998
12/08/1997

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
      12/01/2017
   02/08/2017
12/01/2017
  02/08/2017
12/01/2017
12/01/2017
12/01/2017
FD
06/01/2018
10/01/2017
06/01/2018
10/01/2017
06/01/2018
06/01/2018
C
EB2
AD
 C
10/01/2015
C
  04/06/2009
C
C
        C
FD
C
11/01/2015
C
05/22/2009
C
C
C
EB3
AD
C
07/01/2015
C
04/22/2009
C
08/01/2017
C
FD
C
01/01/2016
C
04/01/2010
C
10/01/2017
C
Other Workers
  AD
C
08/01/2007
          C
04/22/2009
C
08/01/2017
C
FD
C
06/01/2008
C
04/01/2010
C
10/01/2017
C
EB4
AD
C
C
03/01/2016
C
09/01/2017
C
C
FD
C
C
05/01/2016
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
09/01/2014
C
C
C
C
06/15/2016
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 February 2019:- Certain Religious Workers for all countries.- 5th Regional Center (I5 and R5)

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