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July 2018 Visa Bulletin: Are you being left behind?

Finally the July 2018 visa numbers are out, albeit late. But here they are nevertheless. We have compiled the July visa numbers since 2014 so you could check how fast your category has moved in 4 years,


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July 2018 Visa Bulletin: Are you being left behind?
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Updated June 16, 2018 | United States of America

WAIT, LOOK, LISTEN OR BE LEFT BEHIND

“Look before you leap” is a good saying to remember when you are waiting for your visa interview. Do not make plans until a visa is available for you and/or your family members.

So does “Stop, Look and Listen.”  It’s always good practice to check the Visa Bulletin to check how fast – or slow – your priority date is moving.

Visas become available when your priority date becomes current. 

The July 2018 Visa Bulletin is finally out.  Here’s how the priority dates moved in July from 2014 for your reference. The movement will show how fast each category moved each year,

VISA MOVEMENT JULY 2014 TO 2018

Family-
Sponsored 

JULY 2014

JULY 2015

JULY 2016

JULY 2017

JULY 2018

F1

01JAN03

15MAR00

01FEB05

15SEP06

01JUN06

F2A

01MAY12

08NOV13

15NOV14

08SEP15

22JUN16

F2B

15AUG03

15MAY04

01JUL05

01NOV06

01FEB07

F3

22MAR93

22AUG93

01MAR94

15DEC94

15APR95

F4

01JAN91

O8DEC91

01JAN93

15FEB94

22MAR95

PRIORITY DATES MOVED FASTEST IN JULY 2010

In Juy 2010, the priority dates moved FOUR YEARS from January to December.

If youhad an F1 petition with December 1, 1993 priority date, you would know that this category moved 2 years and 7 months in July of that year. The other categories, F3. and F4 also moved fast .

Months IN 2010

F1

F2A

F2B

F3

F4

EB3

OW

January

01DEC93

01JAN06

01JUL98

01DEC91

01MAY87

01AUG02

01JUN01

February

01JAN94

01MAR06

15JJUL98

01JAN92

01JUL87

15DEC02

01JUN01

March

01MAR94

01APR06

22AUG98

01MAR92

01SEP87

15DEC92

01JUN01

April

01MAR94

01AUG06

15SEP98

01MAR92

08SEP87

01FEB03

01JUN01

May

01NOV94

01DEC06

15MOV98

01MAY92

08SEP87

22APR03

01JUN01

June

15MAR95

01JAN08

08MAR99

22MAY92

01APR88

22JUN03

01JUN01

July

01SEP95

01JUL08

01MAR00

01MAY93

01ASPR89

15AUG03

01JUN01

November

01APR97

01JUN10

01SEP02

01MAR95

01APR91

22JAN05

01APR03

December

01APR97

01AUG10

01MAR10

01JUL92

01JAN88

22FEB05

22APR03

Then in 2011, the categories practically moved back and then slowed to a crawl – advancing only to April 1, 1997 (for the F1) which was already current in December 2011 or a year later.

For those who were following our Visa Bulletin report on Facebook or on our website – www.visacenter.org – they would have been in the US one year earlier.

Preference categories and visa allocation yearly

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

First:  Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second:  Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, and any unused first preference numbers:

  • Spouses and Children:  77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;
  • Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older):  23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third:  Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens:  23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth:  Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens:  65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES

First:  Priority Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

Second:  Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.

Third:  Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to "Other Workers".  

Fourth:  Certain Special Immigrants:  7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth:  Employment Creation:  7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of P.L. 102-395.

VISA MOVEMENT JULY 2014 TO 2018

In case you need to check the visa movement in July over the years without scrolling up, here they are:

Family-
Sponsored 

JULY 2014

JULY 2015

JULY 2016

JULY 2017

JULY 2018

F1

01JAN03

15MAR00

01FEB05

15SEP06

01JUN06

F2A

01MAY12

08NOV13

15NOV14

08SEP15

22JUN16

F2B

15AUG03

15MAY04

01JUL05

01NOV06

01FEB07

F3

22MAR93

22AUG93

01MAR94

15DEC94

15APR95

F4

01JAN91

O8DEC91

01JAN93

15FEB94

22MAR95

About the Author

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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