October 2017 Visa Bulletin: EB-1 Becomes Current Again for India and China

 

The first Visa Bulletin of FY2018 brings new visa numbers and good news.  The cutoff dates for the EB-1 visa categories (extraordinary ability aliens, outstanding professors/researchers & multinational transferees) become current again for all countries, including India, China, Mexico, Philippines and Other Countries. 

Another positive development is the significant advancement of EB-3 China for 2 years to January 1, 2014, which is once again ahead of EB-2 China.  EB-2 applicants born in China may once again downgrade their petitions to EB-3 based on this development.  
Many family visa categories also move forward nicely. For example, Family First advances 7 months for China, India and Other Countries. 
AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval)

FD : Dates for Filing Applications
      Family

Other Coountries

      China

India

Mexico

Philippines

F1

AD

12/22/2010
12/22/2010
12/22/2010
03/01/1996

01/01/2007

FD

01/01/2012
01/01/2012
01/01/2012
11/01/1996

10/01/2007

F2A

AD

10/22/2015
10/22/2015

10/22/2015
10/15/2015
10/22/2015

FD

11/01/2016

11/01/2016

11/01/2016

11/01/2016

11/01/2016

F2B

AD

11/08/2010

11/08/2010

11/08/2010

07/15/1996

01/01/2007

FD

09/01/2011

09/01/2011

09/01/2011

01/01/1997
09/01/2007

F3

AD

07/22/2005

07/22/2005

07/22/2005

04/22/1995

02/22/1995

FD

12/01/2005

12/01/2005

12/01/2005

10/01/1995
06/15/1995
F4

AD
05/08/2004
05/08/2004
10/01/2003
10/01/1997

06/01/1994

FD

11/15/2004

11/15/2004

06/22/2004

02/08/1998

03/01/1995

1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,000 per year).

2A: The 2 "A" preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.

2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.

3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens.(about 23,000 per year)

4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)

Employment

Other Counties

China

El Salvador

Guatemala

Honduras

India

Mexico

Philippines

EB1

AD

C

         C
C

          C

C

C

FD

C

C

C
C

C

C

EB2

AD

 C
05/22/2013

C
  09/15/2008
C
C
FD

C

11/15/2013

C
02/08/2009

C

C

EB3

AD

C

01/01/2014

C

10/15/2006

C

12/01/2015

FD

C

09/01/2015

C
01/01/2008

C

08/01/2016

Other Workers

AD

C

01/01/2006

C

10/15/2006

C

12/01/2015

FD

C

06/01/2008

C
01/01/2008

C

08/01/2016

EB4

AD

C

C

11/01/2015

C
03/01/2016
C

FD

C

C

04/15/2016
C

C

C

EB5

AD

C

06/22/2014

C

C

C

C

FD

C

10/01/2014

C
C

C

C

1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding prof./researchers)

2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.
3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)
4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious & others)
5th: Employment Creation (Investors)






Current Month’s (October 2017) Adjustment of Status Filing Charts - by USCIS
For Family-Sponsored Filings:
You must use the Dates for Filing chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for October 2017.


    For Employment-Based Preference Filings:
    You must use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for October 2017.

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