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Visa Bulletin for April 2018: EB-3 India Advances Forward Considerably, Cutoff Date Imposedon EB-1 China (Mainland) and India

2018-04-01
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The Visa Bulletin for April 2018 was made available on March 9, 2018, by the U.S. Department of State.This bulletin will be effective starting April 1, 2018. There has been some significant movement in the April bulletin as compared to that of March. In summary, the major changes include a cutoff date will be imposed on EB-1 visa for both China (Mainland) and India. The EB-2 for China moved by almost eight months, while it moved by just a week for India.

Final Action Dates, April 2018

Employment-Based Preference Cases

EB-1

Because of high demand, the final action date for both China (Mainland) and India are set. The final action datestands at January 1, 2012, for both China (Mainland) and India. The final action date remains current for all other regions including Mexico, Philippines, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. This category is issued to priority workers.

EB-2

The movement was just by a week for India(December 22, 2008). For China, the advancement is huge by nearly 8 months (August 1, 2014). The final action datestays current for all other regions including Mexico, Philippines, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. This visa category is for personnel whose immigration is in the national interest, personnel with advanced degrees and personnel with exceptional skills.

EB-3

The third preference category (which comprises of professionals, skilled workers, and other workers) sees the final action date for China leap by 7 months to June 1, 2015, while India sees a movement of over a year to February 1, 2008. For the Philippines, the cutoff date is January 1, 2017. The cutoff datestays current for other regions including El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.

EB-4

For the fourth preference (EB-4) not including certain religious workers,Mexico seesfinal action date move by 5 weeks to August 8, 2016. The cutoff date for El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala remains at December 1, 2015. The EB-4 is issued to"special immigrants".

EB-5

The fifth preference category EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa, Non-Regional Center sees no change as China’s cutoff date is July 22, 2014, and for the rest of regions of chargeability,the date is current for April 2018.

Others

Certain Religious Workers and 5th Regional Center (I5 and R5) cutoff dates are unavailable.

 

Family-Sponsored Preference Cases

F1

For this category, the final action date for Mexico is September 8, 1996, while for the Philippines it is January 1, 2006. For every other regions including China (Mainland) and India, the final action date is January 1, 2012. This category is issued tounmarried children under 21 of citizens.

F2A

For the F2A category, which comprises of unmarried children under 21 of permanent residents,Mexico’s final action date is April 1, 2016, the rest of the countries have a final action date of May 1, 2016.

F2B

For the F2B category, which containsunmarried children over 21 of permanent residents, Mexico’s final action date is April 1, 2016; the Philippines have a cutoff date of November 1, 2006. While the rest of the countries have a cutoff date of May 1, 2016.

F3

The Third Preference of the Family-Based immigration visa Categories sees Mexico’scutoff date at July 8, 1995, and Philippines at March 22, 1995. This category is issued to married children of any ages of citizens of the United States.

F4

The F4 category hasChina’s cutoff date at September 15, 2004, India’s at February 15, 2004, Mexico’s at December 8, 1997, Philippines’ at December 15, 1994, and all chargeability regions except ones already mentioned in this section at September 15, 2004. The F4 category visa is issued to siblings of citizens of the United States.

 

Final Action Dates, April 2018

EB Preference Cases

 

India

China (Mainland)

Mexico

Rest of Chargeability Areas, apart from those mentioned

The Philippines

El Salvador,
Guatemala,
and Honduras

EB-1(First Preference)

January 1, 2012

January 1, 2012

C

C

C

C

EB-2(Second Preference)

December 22, 2008

August 1, 2014

C

C

C

C

EB-3 (Third Preference)

February 1, 2008

June 1, 2015

C

C

January 1, 2017

C

Other Workers

February 1, 2008

April 1, 2007

C

C

January 1, 2017

C

EB-4(Fourth Preference)

C

C

08AUG16

C

C

December 15, 2015

C=Current

 

Family-Sponsored Preference Cases

 

India

China (Mainland)

Mexico

The Philippines 

Rest of Chargeability Areas, apart from those mentioned

F1 (First Preference)

April 8, 2011

April 8, 2011

September 8, 1996

January 1, 2006

April 8, 2011

F2 (Second Preference) - F2A

May 1, 2016

May 1, 2016

April 1, 2016

May 1, 2016

May 1, 2016

F2 (Second Preference) - F2B

April 8, 2011

April 8, 2011

November 1, 1996

November 1, 2006

April 8, 2011

F3 (Third Preference)

January 8, 2006

January 8, 2006

July 8, 1995

March 22, 1995

January 8, 2006

F4 (Fourth Preference)

February 15, 2004

September 15, 2004

December 8, 1997

December 15, 1994

September 15, 2004

C=Current

Read Relevant News: 1-  Understanding The Monthly Visa Bulletin USA.

                                             2-  February 2018 Visa Bulletin: Modest Advancements.

                                             3- January 2018 Visa Bulletin: Moderate Movement Of Cutoff Dates.

                                            4-  December 2017 Visa Bulletin Movements By Country.

 

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