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Visa Bulletin For May 2018: Eb-3 India Sees a substantial Surge, Eb-1 China/India Remains The Same

2018-05-10
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Released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) in April, the May 2018 visa bulletin is effective in the month of May 2018. At first glance, it is noticeable that a final action date has been imposed on EB-5 Vietnam; this was not the case the previous month where the cutoff was current. This change is because Vietnam Employment Fifth preference (EB-5) category reached its annual limit in April. In other departments, EB-1 India and China remained the same. EB-2 China advanced by a month and EB-3 India saw a huge move by 3 months.

According to USCIS, for the month of May 2018, while employment-based preference filings have to use the Final Action Dates chart, family-sponsored filings have to use the Dates for Filing table when filing adjustment of status applications.

Find cutoff dates for both dates of filing, final action dates in both the employment-based preferences and family-sponsored preferences in the charts below.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases, May 2018

EB-1

EB-1 India and China saw no movement, remaining at Jan 1, 2012.EB-1 Rest of the world including Mexico and the Philippines dates remained current.

EB-2

EB-2 India’s cutoff isDec 22, 2008. EB-2 cutoff for China is Sep 1, 2014, a forward move of a month.EB-2 Rest of the world including Mexico and the Philippines is still current.

EB-3

EB-3 India moved by 3 months to May 1, 2008. EB-3 china saw no change at Jun 1, 2015. EB-3 Mexico saw no change and remained current. EB-3 Philippines saw no change and remained at Jan 1, 2017.EB-3 All chargeability areas except those stated already remained current.

Others Workers

China’s cutoff date is May 1, 2007. India’s is May 1, 2008. Philippines date is Jan 1, 2017. For the rest of the world, the cutoff date is current for the month of May.

EB-4

EB-4 for Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras cutoff date is Dec 15, 2015. EB-4 Mexico cutoff date for this month is October 22, 2016. For the rest of the world, EB-4 is current.

EB-5

EB-5 china and Vietnam have a cutoff date of July 22, 2014 for both subcategories. All other countries’ cutoff date for this category including subcategories was current.

Check the charts below to find your cutoff dates.

Final Action Dates, May 2018

 

EB Preference Cases - Final Action Dates, May 2018

 

EB-1 (First Preference) Dates   EB-2 (Second Preference)  Dates
China 1-Jan-12   China 1-Sep-14
India 1-Jan-12   India 22-Dec-08
Rest of the world including Mexico and the Philippines Current   Rest of the world including Mexico and the Philippines Current
         
     
EB-3 (Third Preference) Dates   EB-3 (Other Workers) Dates
China 1-Jun-15   China 1-May-07
India 1-May-08   India 1-May-08
Mexico Current   Philippines 42736
Philippines 1-Jan-17   Rest of the world except those listed Current
Rest of the world except those listed Current      
      EB- 5 Dates
EB-4 (Fourth Preference) Dates   China 22-Jul-14
Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras 15-Dec-15   Vietnam 22-Jul-14
Mexico 22-Oct-16   Rest of the world except those listed Current
Rest of the world except those listed Current      

 

Family-Sponsored Preference Cases - Final Action Dates, May 2018 

F1 Dates   F2A Dates
Philippines 22-Jan-06   Mexico 22-Apr-16
Mexico 15-Nov-96   Rest of the world including, China, India, and Philippines 1-Jun-16
Rest of the world including China, and India 8-Apr-11      
         
     
F2B Dates   F3 (Third Preference) Dates
Mexico 1-Dec-96   Philippines 1-Apr-95
Philippines 15-Dec-06   Mexico 1-Sep-95
Rest of the world including China, and India 15-May-11   Rest of the world including China, and India 1-Feb-06
         
     
F4 (Fourth Preference) Dates      
India 1-Mar-04      
Mexico 8-Jan-98      
Philippines 1-Feb-95      
Rest of the world except those listed. 1-Oct-04      

Dates of Filing, May 2018

EB Preference Cases - Dates of Filing, May 2018

 

EB-1 (First Preference)     EB-3 (Third Preference) Dates
Dates of filing remained Current for the entire EB-1 category.   China 1-Jan-16
      India 1-Sep-08
EB-2 (Second Preference)  Dates   Mexico Current
China 1-Feb-15   Philippines 1-Jul-17
India 1-Apr-09   Rest of the world except areas mentioned Current
Rest of the world including Mexico and the Philippines Current      
         
         
EB-3 (Other Workers) Dates   EB-4 (Fourth Preference) Dates
China 1-Jun-08   El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras 15-Apr-16
India 1-Sep-08   Mexico Current
Philippines 42917   Rest of the world except areas mentioned Current
Rest of the world except areas mentioned Current      
         
     
EB- 5 Dates      
China 1-Sep-14      
Rest of the world except areas mentioned Current      

 

Family-Sponsored Preference Cases - Dates of Filing, May 2018

 

F1 Dates   F2A Dates
Philippines 8-Oct-07   Mexico 22-Sep-17
Mexico 15-Jul-98   Rest of the world including, China, India, and Philippines 22-Sep-17
Rest of the world including China, and India 8-Jan-12      
         
F2B Dates   F3 (Third Preference) Dates
Mexico 22-May-97   Philippines 22-Jul-95
Philippines 8-Sep-07   Mexico 22-Sep-98
Rest of the world including India and China 8-Sep-11   Rest of the world including India and China 8-Sep-06
         
F4 (Fourth Preference) Dates      
India 1-Dec-04      
Mexico 8-May-98      
Philippines 15-Oct-95      
Rest of the world including China 1-Apr-05      

 

 

       

 

Sources

  1. Travel.state.gov. (2018). Visa Bulletin For May 2018. [online] Available at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2018/visa-bulletin-for-may-2018.html [Accessed 16 March 2018].
  2. USCIS. (2018). Adjustment of Status Filing Charts from the Visa Bulletin. [online] Available at: https://www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo [Accessed 18 March 2018].

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