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Visa Bulletin

Beginning with the October Visa Bulletin, there are now two charts listing dates for each preference category and country of chargeability: (1) An "Application Final Action Dates" chart ("Final Action Date"); and (2) a "Dates for Filing Applications" chart ("Filing Date"). USCIS has also issued a fact sheet describing the new procedures. Previously, the Visa Bulletin only listed a single chart of cut-off dates, which was the same as the newly labeled "Final Action Date" chart.

AVAILABILITY OF IMMIGRANT VISA NUMBERS FOR MAY 2018

A. APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED CATEGORIES

  

Worldwide

China (Mainland Born)

IndiaMexicoPhilippines
F1Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens4/8/20114/8/2011

4/8/2011

11/15/19961/22/2006
F2Spouses & Unmarried Children of Permanent Resident - Subject to Per Country 6/1/20166/1/2016

6/1/2016

4/22/20166/1/2016
F2BUnmarried Sons & Daughters (21 years of age of older) of Permanent Residents)5/15/20115/15/2011

5/15/2011

12/1/199612/15/2006
F3Married Sons & Daughters of U. S. Citizens2/1/20062/1/2006

2/1/2006

9/1/19954/1/1995
F4Brother & Sister of Adult U. S. Citizens10/1/200410/1/20043/1/20041/8/19982/1/1995

 

B. DATES FOR FILING FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA APPLICATIONS

  Worldwide 

China (Mainland Born)

IndiaMexicoPhilippines
F1 Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens

1/8/20121/8/20121/8/20127/15/199810/8/2007
F2Spouses & Unmarried Children of Permanent Resident - Subject to Per Country 

9/22/20179/22/20179/22/20179/22/20179/22/2017
F2B Unmarried Sons & Daughters (21 years of age of older) of Permanent Residents)
9/8/20119/8/20119/8/20115/22/19979/8/2007
F3Married Sons & Daughters of U. S. Citizens

9/8/20069/8/2006 9/8/20069/22/19987/22/1995
F4Brother & Sister of Adult U.S. Citizens4/1/2005 4/1/200512/1/20045/8/199810/15/1995

 

A. APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES

  

Worldwide

China (Mainland Born)

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras India MexicoPhilippines vietnam
EB1Priority WorkersC1/1/2012 C1/1/2012C

C

 

 C
EB2Professionals Holding Advanced Degree or Persons of Exceptional AbilityC9/1/2014C12/22/2008CC C

EB3


Skilled Workers & ProfessionalsC6/1/2015C5/1/2008C1/1/2017 C

EB3


Other Workers (Unskilled Workers)C5/1/2007C5/1/2008C1/1/2017 C
EB4Certain Special ImmigrantsCC12/15/2015C10/22/2016

C

 

 C

EB4


Certain Religious Workers (SR)CC12/15/2015C10/22/2016C C

EB5


Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)C7/22/2014CCCC7/22/2014

EB5


Regional Center (I5 and R5)C7/22/2014CCCC7/22/2014

 

B. DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS

  worldwide 

China (Mainland born)

el Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras  IndiaMexicoPhilippines
EB1 Priority Workers
 
C CCCC
EB2 Professionals Holding Advanced Degree or Persons of Exceptional Ability
2/1/2015 C4/1/2009C C
EB3 Skilled Workers & Professionals
C1/1/2016 C9/1/2008 C7/1/2017 
EB3 Other Workers (Unskilled Workers)
C6/1/2008 C9/1/2008 C7/1/2017
EB4 Certain Special Immigrants
 
C4/15/2016CCC
EB4 Certain Religious Workers (SR)
 
C4/15/2016CCC
EB5Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)C9/1/2014CCCC
EB5Regional Center (I5 and R5) C9/1/2014CCC

 

WHEN TO FILE YOUR ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS APPLICATION TO FILE FOR CONSULAR PROCESSING FOR FAMILY-BASED OR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE VISAS.

Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, you can learn more about the Adjustment of Status Filing Process. If you already have a petition filed or approved on your behalf, you may have to wait for an available visa in your category (if applicable) before you can file your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. The linked page(s) will help you determine when to file your adjustment of status application. TO READ MORE, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 


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