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February 2018 Visa Bulletin: Modest Advancements

2018-02-01
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The February Visa bulletin showed modest movement just like the previous months. There are no changes in the dates for filing so that will not be discussed. The final action dates, also known as the priority dates, saw movements. This is discussed in the article. 

The cutoff dates are used by individuals who wish to apply for adjustments and immigrant visa unless indicated by the USCIS website. If a foreign national wants to file for an employment-based visa adjustment application in February 2018, the national has to have a cutoff date earlier than listed in the February visa bulletin under the person's preference and nationality.

Final Action Dates for February 2018 : 

Family-Sponsored Preference Cases : 

F1

For Mexico, the F1 cutoff date was July 1, 1996, and August 1, 2005 for the Philippines. For all other chargeability areas including mainland China and India, the cutoff date was March 11, 2015,

F2A

For Mexico, the F2A cutoff date was February 1, 2016, and March 1, 2016 for the Philippines. For all other chargeability areas including mainland China and India, the cutoff date was also March 1, 2016.

F2B

While Mexico’s F2B cutoff date is September 8, 1996, the Philippines’ is July 22, 2006. For all other chargeability areas including mainland China and India, the cutoff date was January 15, 2011.

F3

Mexico’s F3 cutoff date for the month of February is June 22, 1995, and March 15, 1995 for the Philippines. For all other chargeability areas including mainland China and India, the cutoff date was November 15, 2005.

F4

For India, the F4 cutoff date is January 8, 2004, and for the Philippines is October 1, 1994. Mexico had an F4 cutoff date of November 8, 1997. For all other chargeability areas including mainland China, the cutoff date was July 22, 2004,

Employment-Based Preference Cases

EB-1

For the first employment-based visa preference cases, the cutoff dates remained current for all chargeability areas. This is the same as in the month of January 2018.

EB-2

China had a cutoff date of October 1, 2013, while India had a cutoff date of December 8, 2008. The rest of the areas including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Mexico, and the Philippines, the cutoff dateis current for the month of February.

EB-3

For China, the date is September 15, 2014. For India, the date is December 1, 2006. For the Philippines, the date is March 1, 2016. For all other chargeability areas including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and Mexico, the cutoff date for EB-3 is current for the month of February.

EB-4

For China, the date is current. For India, the date is also current. For the Philippines, the date is current as well. For El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras the cutoff date was December 1, 2015. For Mexico, the cutoff date is June 22, 2016.For all other chargeability areas, the cutoff date for EB-4 is current for the month of February.

February 2018 Visa Bulletin Tables : 

Final Action Dates (Employment-Based Preference Cases)

Employment-Based Preferences

All Other Chargeability Countries and Areas

China (Mainland)

El Salvador,
Guatemala,
and Honduras

India

Mexico

The Philippines

EB-1

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

EB-2

Current

October 1, 2013(was August 8, 2013)

Current

December 8, 2008 (was November 22, 2008)

Current

Current

EB-3

Current

September 15, 2014(was April 15, 2014) 

Current

December 1, 2006(was November 1, 2006

Current

March 1, 2016(was February 15, 2016)

Other Workers

Current

February 1, 2007(was December 22, 2006

Current

December 1, 2006(was November 1, 2006)

Current

March 1, 2016(was February 15, 2016

EB-4

Current

Current

December 1, 2015(was December 1, 2015)

Current

June 22, 2016(was June 1, 2016)

Current

Final Action Dates (Family-Sponsored Preference Cases)

Family-
Sponsored 

All Other Chargeability Countries and Areas

China (Mainland)

India

Mexico

The Philippines 

F1

March 15, 2011 (remained the same)

March 11, 2015(remained the same)

March 15, 2011(remained the same)

July 1, 1996(was May 1, 1996)

August 1, 2005(was January 1, 2005)

F2A

March 1, 2016(was February 1, 2016 )

March 1, 2016(was February 1, 2016)

March 1, 2016(was February 1, 2016)

February 1, 2016(was January 1, 2016 )

March 1, 2016(was February 1, 2016)

F2B

January 15, 2011(was December 1, 2010)

January 15, 2011(was December 1, 2010)

January 15, 2011(was December 1, 2010) 

September 8, 1996(was August 15, 1996)

July 22, 2006(was July 1, 2006)

F3

November 15, 2005(was October 8, 2005)

November 15, 2005(was October 8, 2005)

November 15, 2005(was October 8, 2005)

June 22, 1995(was June 15, 1995)

March 15, 1995 (remained the same)

F4

July 22, 2004(was June 22, 2004 )

July 22, 2004(was June 22, 2004)

January 8, 2004(was December 15, 2003)

November 8, 1997(was November 1, 1997)

October 1, 1994(was September 1, 1994)

Sources

  1. Travel.state.gov. (2018). Visa Bulletin For February 2018.

 

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