December 2017 Visa Bulletin

Retrogression strikes on Christmas. Merry Christmas next year?


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December 2017 Visa Bulletin
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Updated November 14, 2017 | United States of America

VISA BULLETIN, DECEMBER 2012 and 2017

RETROGRESSION STRIKES ON CHRISTMAS

The Grinch came instead of Santa Claus – especially for the F1 category (Over 21, Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. Citizens) whose priority dates moved two (2) years from last month. See December Visa Bulletin Final Action Chart, below.

F2B visa applicants from the Philippines also would be set back one-and-a-half years.

The F2A moved forward a month and a week; F4 by 3 weeks while the F3 inched a week forward.

Before the December 2017 retrogression, the F1 was stuck at “01-Jan-07” for three months from September to November.  The F2B (Over 21, unmarried son or daughter of a lawful permanent resident) moved only nine (9) months over a year period; the F3 (Married sons and daughters of US Citizens) advanced by only 6 months; and the F4 (Siblings of adult U.S. citizens) moved by a year.

DATE TO START PROCESSING

The other chart, DATE OF FILING APPLICATION, is not a source of good news either for Christmas. The dates to start submitting documents to the National Visa Center to start processing did not move.

For RNs, getting a duly qualified U.S. employer is no longer a “hit or miss” situation.  There are hundreds – up to thousands” of approved job orders for qualified and eligible RNs in the EB3 and OW categories in the listing of licensed recruitment agencies with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Such an RN applicant must not only have passed the NCLEX examination but also must possess the VisaScreen Certificate from ICHP, a division of the CGFNS.  That being completed, the waiting period from filing and visa approval is less than two years.

FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES

Family-Sponsored

All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed

NOV. 2017

DEC. 2017

DEC. 2012

F1

01DEC05

01JAN07

01JAN05

08OCT97

F2A

22AUG10

15NOV15

22DEC15

22AUG10

F2B

15NOV04

01JAN07

01JUL06

22MAR02

F3

08JUN02

01MAR95

08MAR95

01AUG92

F4

01APR01

08JUN94

01AUG94

22MAR89

FILING DATES FOR FAMILY APPLICATIONS

Over approximately the 5-year period, the F1 category moved forward 10 years; F2A - 6 years, 3 months; F2B - 5 years, 6 months; F3 -  2 years, 10 months; F4- 6 years.

However, from Nov to Dec 2017, all categories remained the same.

Family-
Sponsored 

DEC. 2012

NOV 2017

DEC 2017

F1

08OCT97

01OCT07

01OCT07

F2A

22AUG10

01NOV16

01NOV16

F2B

22MAR02

01SEP07

01SEP07

F3

01AUG92

15JUN95

15JUN95

F4

22MAR89

01MAR95

01MAR95

FINAL DATES EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES

In a short span of five years, the EB 3 and Other Worker Category for the Philippines have moved forward – fast.  Likewise, these categories moved forward compared 4 years and 6 months from beginning of 2017.  From 2012 (five years ago) the EB3 and OW categories moved 10 years or an average of 2 years per year.

Employment- Based

DEC. 2012

JAN. 2017

DEC. 2017

1st

C

C

C

2nd

C

C

C

3rd

15AUG06

22JUL11

15JAN16

Other Workers

15AUG06

22JUL11

15JAN16

4th

C

C

C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

C

5th Targeted Employment Areas/
Regional Centers & Pilot Programs

C

C

C

*NOTE: Employment Third Preference Other Workers Category:  Section 203(e) of the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997, as amended by Section 1(e) of Pub. L. 105-139, provides that once the Employment Third Preference Other Worker (EW) cut-off date has reached the priority date of the latest EW petition approved prior to November 19, 1997, the 10,000 EW numbers available for a fiscal year are to be reduced by up to 5,000 annually beginning in the following fiscal year. This reduction is to be made for as long as necessary to offset adjustments under the NACARA program. Since the EW cut-off date reached November 19, 1997 during Fiscal Year 2001, the reduction in the EW annual limit to 5,000 began in Fiscal Year 2002.

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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