Visa Bulletin

Visa Bulletin on December 2018

Updated 11/13/2018

Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Sponsored Preference Cases

Employment-Based All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
China-Mainland Born El
Sal-
vador
Gua-
temala
Honduras
India Mexico Phili-ppines Vietnam
1st 07/01/17 09/01/16 07/01/17 09/01/16 07/01/17 07/01/17 07/01/17
2nd Current 07/01/15 Current 04/01/09 Current Current Current
3rd Current 06/08/15 Current 03/01/09 Current 06/15/17 Current
Other Workers Current 06/01/07 Current 03/01/09 Current 06/15/17 Current
4th Current Current 02/22/16 Current 01/01/17 Current Current
Certain Religious Workers Current Current 02/22/16 Current 01/01/17 Current Current
5th Non-Regional
Center (C5 and T5)
Current 08/22/14 Current Current Current Current 05/01/16

5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)

Current 08/22/14 Current Current Current Current 05/01/16

 

Dates for filing of Employment-Based Visa Applications

Employment-Based All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
China-Mainland Born El
Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
India Mexico Philippines
1st 06/01/18 10/01/17 06/01/18 10/01/17 06/01/18 06/01/18
2nd Current 09/08/15 Current 05/22/09 Current Current
3rd Current 12/01/15 Current 01/01/10 Current 08/01/17
Other Workers Current 06/01/08 Current 01/01/10 Current 08/01/17
4th Current Current 05/01/16 Current Current Current
Certain Religious Workers Current Current 05/01/16 Current Current Current

5th Non-Regional
Center (C5 and T5)

Current 10/01/14 Current Current Current Current
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
Current 10/01/14 Current Current Current Current
Note:
"1st" refers to the First Preference in Employment-Based Immigration category (EB-1), i.e., persons of "extraordinary ability" in the sciences, arts, education, business, and athletics, outstanding professors and researchers and certain executives and managers;
"2nd" refers to the Second Preference in Employment-Based Immigration category (EB-2), i.e., professionals holding advanced degrees, or persons of exceptional ability in the arts, sciences, or business (NIW applicants);
"3rd" refers to the Third Preference in Employment-Based Immigration category (EB-3), i.e., skilled workers and professionals holding baccalaureate degrees;
"Other Workers" refers to the unskilled worker under the Third Preference in Employment-Based Immigration category;
"4th" refers to the Fourth Preference in Employment-Based Immigration category (EB-4), i.e., religious workers, certain overseas employees of the U.S. Government, former employees of the Panama Canal Company, retired employees of international organizations, certain dependents of international organization employees and certain members of the U.S. Armed Forces; and
"5th" refers to the Fifth Preference in Employment-Based Immigration category (EB-5), i.e., employment creation investors.

Application Final Action Dates for Family-Sponsored Preference Cases

Family-Based All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
China-Mainland Born India Mexico Philippines
1st 08/08/11 08/08/11 08/08/11 08/01/97 02/15/07
2A* 10/08/16 10/08/16 10/08/16 09/22/16 10/08/16
2B 02/15/12 02/15/12 02/15/12 06/08/97 06/08/07
3rd 08/01/06 08/01/06 08/01/06 12/22/95 07/08/95
4th 04/22/05 04/22/05 06/08/04 02/08/98 07/15/95

*NOTE: For December, F2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are authorized for issuance to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 22SEP16. F2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are authorized for issuance to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 22SEP16 and earlier than 08OCT16. All F2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit.

Dates for filing of Family-Sponsored Visa Applications

Family-Based All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
China-Mainland Born India Mexico Philippines
1st 03/08/12 03/08/12 03/08/12 04/22/99 02/15/08
2A* 12/01/17 12/01/17 12/01/17 12/01/17 12/01/17
2B 03/22/14 03/22/14 03/22/14 08/01/97 12/15/07
3rd 01/08/07 01/08/07 01/08/07 10/08/99 06/01/97
4th 02/01/06 02/01/06 01/01/05 09/15/98 04/22/97

Note:

"1st" refers to the First Preference in Family-Based Immigration category, i.e., unmarried children of U.S. citizens over age of 21;

"2A" refers to the first subcategory of the Second Preference in Family-Based Immigration category, i.e., spouses or unmarried children under age 21 of permanent residents;

"2B" refers to the second subcategory of the Second Preference in Family-Based Immigration category, i.e., unmarried children of 21 years of age or older of permanent residents;

"3rd" refers to the Third Preference in Family-Based Immigration category, i.e., married children of U.S. citizens; and

"4th" refers to the Fourth Preference in Family-Based Immigration category, i.e., brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens.

Immediate family members of U.S. citizens, i.e., spouses, parents and unmarried children under age of 21, are not subject to the numerical restriction of visa quotas.

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