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Visa Bulletin August 2018 : Retrogression for EB-1 for all countries apart from India and China, Notable Movement for EB-2 and EB-3 China

2018-08-10
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Released every month, the USCIS releases a visa bulletin. This bulletin informs immigrant visa applicants if they are qualified to submit the necessary documentation and application. For the month of August, the EB-1 final action dates retrogress for all countries excluding China and India. There are also several significant forward movements for the rest of the employment-based categories. For the family-based dates of filing, there are hardly any movements overall.

Overview

In the month of August 2018, Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants should use the Dates for Filing; while, Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Applicants should use the Final Action Dates.

Employment-Based Preference Petitions

The EB-1 category - While the final action dates (FAD) for India and China are static at January 1, 2012, for the rest of the countries, a retrogression to May 1 is seen.

The EB-2 category - India remains static at March 15, 2009. China moves forward by 2 months to March 1, 2015. For the rest of the world, the EB-1 final action dates remain current.

The EB-3 category - India moves by 2 months to January 1, 2009. China sees a considerable forward movement to July 1, 2014. The Philippines also sees a forward movement to June 1, 2017, while final action dates for the rest of the world remain current.

The EB-3 (Other Workers) category - India moves forward by 2 months to January 1, 2009. China is static ay May 1, 2007. The Philippines move forward to June 1, 2017. In addition, the rest of the world remains current.

The EB-4 category - India retrogresses to February 8, 2016. China remains current. Dates for Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador remain at February 8, 2016. In addition, the rest of the world remains current.

The EB-5 category - India remains current. Dates for China and Vietnam remain at August 1, 2014, while final action dates for the rest of the world remain current.

 

Family-Based Preference Categories

 

The FB-1 category - The filing dates for India and China are static at March 8, 2012. For the rest of the countries, the filing dates are static at March 8, 2012. The Philippines’ filing date remains at February 15, 2008. Mexico’s filing date also remains at September 1, 1998.

The FB-2A category - All filing dates remain static at December 1, 2017.

The FB-2B category - The filing dates for India and China are static at January 8, 2012. The Philippines’ filing date remains at February 15, 2008. Mexico’s filing date also remains at September 1, 1998. For the rest of the countries, the filing dates are static at January 8, 2012.

The FB-3 category - India’s dates of filing moves by 2 weeks to September 22, 2006. China also witnesses a forward movement to September 22, 2006. The Philippines’ priority day is static at August 1, 1995. The rest of the world’s FB-3 dates of filing moves marginally to September 22, 2006.

There are no movements considering FB-4 dates of filing. India’s date is January 1, 2005; for Mexico - June 1, 1998; for the Philippines - December 1, 1995; and for the rest of the world including China-mainland - May 1, 2005.

 

EB Preference Cases - Dates for Filing and Final Action Dates, 

August 2018

In the month of August 2018, Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants should use the Final Action Dates.

EB-1 Category

    Final Action Dates-August 2018       Final Action Dates-July 2018
             
India   Jan 1 ,2012       Jan 1, 2012
             
Rest of the world except those mentioned (including Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, and the Philippines.)   May 1,2016       Current
             
China ( Mainland)   Jan 1 2012       Jan 1,2012

           

EB-2 Category

    Final Action Dates - August 2018       Final Action Dates-July 2018
             
India   Mar , 15 2009       Mar , 15 2009
             
Rest of the world except those mentioned (including Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, and the Philippines.)   Current       Current
             
China ( Mainland)   Mar 1,2015       Jan 1, 2015

       

EB -3 Category       

    Final Action Dates  - August 2018       Final Action Dates  - July 2018
             
India    Jan 1 , 2009       Nov 1 , 2008
             
Rest of the world except those mentioned (including Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico.)   Current       Current
             
Philipines   Jun 1 , 2017       Jan 1, 2017
             
China ( Mainland)   Jul 1, 2017       Jan 1 , 2013

 

EB-3 ( Other Workers) 

    Final Action Dates  - August 2018       Final Action Dates  - July 2018
             
India   Jan 1 , 2009       Nov 1, 2008
             
Rest of the world except those mentioned (including Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico)   Current       Current
             
Philippines    Jun 1 ,2017       Jan 1,2017
             
China (Mainland)   May 1, 2007       May 1 , 2007

 

EB-4 Category including Certain Religious Workers   

    Final Action Dates  - August 2018       Final Action Dates - July 2018
             
India   Feb 8 , 2016       Current
             
China-Mainland   Current       Current
             
Rest of the world except those mentioned (including the Philippines.)   Current       Current
             
Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador   Feb 8,2016       Feb 8, 2016

    

EB-5 Category

    Final Action Dates-August 2018       Final Action Dates-July 2018
             
India   Current       Current 
             
Rest of the world except those mentioned (including Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and the Philippines.)   Current       Current
             
Vietnam   Aug 1, 2014       Aug 1, 2014
             
China ( Mainland )   Aug 1 , 2014       Aug 1, 2014

 

Family-Sponsored Preference Cases - Dates for Filing, August 2018

In the month of August 2018, Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Applicants should use the Dates for Filing.

FB-1 Category

    Dates for Filling - August 2018       Dates for Filling - July 2018
             
India   Mar 8 , 2012       Mar 8 , 2012
             
Rest of the world except those mentioned (including China-mainland)   Mar 8 , 2012       Mar 8 , 2012
             
Philippines   Feb 15 , 2008       Feb 15 , 2008
             
Mexico   Sept 1, 1998       Sept 1 , 1998
 
 
FB-2A Category
 
    Dates for Filling - August 2018       Dates for Filling - July 2018
             
India   Dec 1, 2017       Dec 1 , 2017
             
Rest of the world except those mentioned (including China-mainland, and the Philippines)   Dec 1 , 2017       Dec 1 , 2017
             
Mexico   Dec 1 , 2017       Dec 1  , 2017

 

FB-2B Category

    Dates for Filling - August 2018       Dates for Filling - July 2018
             
India   Jan 8 , 2012       Jan 8  , 2012
             
Rest of the world except those mentioned (including China-mainland)   Jan 8 , 2012       Jan 8 , 2012
             
Philippines   Dec 15 , 2007       Dec 15 , 2007
             
Mexico   June 8 , 1997       June 8 , 1997
 
 
FB - 3 Category
 
    Dates for Filling - August 2018       Dates for Filling - July 2018
             
India   Sept 22 , 2006       Sept 8 , 2006
             
Rest of the world except those mentioned (including China-mainland)   Sept 22 , 2006       Sept 8 , 2006
             
Philippines   Aug 1 , 1995       Aug 1 , 1995
             
Mexico   Oct 8 , 1998       Oct 8 , 1998

 

FB-4 Category

 

    Dates for Filling - August 2018       Dates for Filling - July 2018
             
India   Jan 1 , 2005       Jan 1 , 2005
             
Rest of the world except those mentioned (including China-mainland)   May 1 , 2005       May 1 , 2005
             
Philippines   Dec 1 , 1995       Dec 1 , 1995
             
Mexico    Jun 1 , 1998       Jun 1 , 1998

 

 

Sources:

a) USCIS. (2018). When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Preference Visas: August 2018. [online]

b) USCIS. (2018). Adjustment of Status Filing Charts from the Visa Bulletin. [online]

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