October 2018 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The new fiscal year begins in October.  The visa bulletin for October 2018 was released yesterday.  Unfortunately, EB1 continues to be backlogged but there is good news in other categories. A reminder of our recent blog post about when EB1 may become current.  In the meantime, here is our usual commentary:

October 2018

For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category priority date advances 31 days to 22 August 2016, F2B preference advances 21 days to a PD of 22 November 2011, F4 category advances 38 days to 15 February 2005; EB1 advances 304 days to 1 April 2017; EB2 is now current; and EB3 is now current.

For India only:  F2A category advances 31 days to a priority date of 22 August 2016, F2B preference advances 21 days to a PD of 22 November 2011, F4 advances 23 days to a PD of 1 May 2004; EB1 advances four years and five months to a PD of 1 June 2016; EB2 advances two years, two months, and 25 days to 26 March 2009; EB3 advances six years to a PD of 1 January 2009.

For China Only: EB1 advances four years and five months to a PD of 1 June 2016; EB2 advances two years and three months to a PD of 1 April 2015; EB3 advances 212 days to a PD of 1 June 2015; EB5 Non-Regional Center and Region Center advances 7 days a PD of 15 August 2014.

For Vietnam Only: EB-5 Non-Regional Center and Regional advances one year, four months, and 24 days to a PD of 1 January 2016.

Can file your immigrant applications if PD before:

F2A 1 December 2017; F2B 22 March 2014 for All Areas, except 22 June 1997 for Mexico and 15 December 2007 for Philippines; F4 1 June 2005 for All Areas except 01 January 2005 for India, 22 June 1998 for Mexico, and 8 April 1996 for Philippines.

 EB1 1 June 2018 for all countries except 1 October 2017 for China and India; EB2 All Countries except India and China are current; EB3 All countries except China, India, and the Philippines are current; EB2 India remains at 22 May 2009; EB3 India advances five months to 1 October 2009 EB2 China advances two months to 15 June 2015; EB3 China advances 146 days to 8 August 2015; EB5 China (RC and non-RC) remains at 1 October 2014. Vietnam is not individually listed and should use the all countries category.

 

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