Visa Bulletin - October 2018

The Visa Bulletin provides information regarding the cut-off dates which govern visa availability in the numerically limited visa categories and other immigrant visa related information. October 2018.

FAMILY SPONSORED

FOR MOST COUNTRIES (except: China, India, Mexico and Philippines)
CAT. BENEFICIARIES PRIORITY DATE WAIT TIME DIFFERENCE FROM PREVIOUS MONTH
F1 Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens June 1, 2011 7 years and 4 months 1 month and 24 days
F2A Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents August 22, 2016 2 years, 1 month and 9 days 1 month
F2B Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents November 22, 2011 6 years, 10 months and 9 days 21 days
F3 Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens June 15, 2006 12 years, 3 months and 16 days 1 month and 14 days
F4 Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens February 15, 2005 13 years, 7 months and 16 days 1 month and 7 days
MEXICO
F1 Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens  August 1, 1997 21 years and 2 months 0 days
F2A Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents August 1, 2016 2 years and 2 months 1 month
F2B Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents May 15, 1997 21 years, 4 months and 16 days 23 days
F3 Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens December 22, 1995 22 years, 9 months and 9 days 0 days
F4 Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens January 22, 1998 20 years, 8 months and 9 days 7 days


EMPLOYMENT BASED PREFERENCES

FOR MOST COUNTRIES INCLUDING MEXICO (except: China, India, and Philippines)
CAT. BENEFICIARIES PRIORITY DATE WAIT TIME DIFFERENCE FROM PREVIOUS MONTH
E1 Priority Workers April 1, 2017 1 year and 6 months 10 months
E2 Persons of Exceptional Ability Current Current 5 years, 8 months and 14 days
E3 Skilled Workers, Professional, and Other Workers Current Current 1 year, 10 months and 14 days
E3 Other Workers Current Current 1 year, 10 months and 14 days

 

What is the Visa Bulletin?

The Visa Bulletin is a monthly statement by the U.S. Department of State of visa numbers available in specific categories for all countries. The Bulletin is a guide that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) States has to define who may or may not receive an immigrant visa, depending on the date on which the person submitted his application. This date is called the priority date and it determines the place of that person in the waiting list

Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) limits the number of people that per category may immigrate to the United States each year. When the number of applicants is greater than the number of visas available it generates a delay.

Each month, the Visa Bulletin announces the priority date or cutting, which means that an immigrant can adjust status, in other words get the residency. The immigrant must have a priority date earlier than the date of closing in the Bulletin

In a family-based petition, the priority date is the day the USCIS receives the petition. In an employment based category, the priority date is the day on which the Labor Department receives the request to certify that the employee is eligible for permanent residence. When the law does not require a labor certification, the priority date is the day that USCIS receives the petition.

Generally the date of the Visa Bulletin moves forward, but if the State Department determines that visas for certain categories or country are being used faster than expected, the priority date may be delayed or stand-still.

Disclaimer:

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide general information therefore does not establish an attorney-client relationship and should not be regarded as legal advice. Any decision you make based on this information is at your own risk.