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Visa Bulletin December 2018

Check how the priority dates moved from last month, November 2018, from December last year and 5 years ago.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on November 14, 2018; updated November 14, 2018

VISA BULLETIN, DECEMBER 2013, 2017 and 2018 How priority dates moves during the Holidays FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES PHILIPPINES Family-Sponsored DEC. 2013 NOV. 2018 DEC. 2017 DEC. 2018 F1 01JUL01 01FEB07 01JAN05 15FEB07 F2A 08SEP13 15SEP16 22DEC15 08OCT16 F2B 22MAR03 01JUN07 01JUL06 08JUN07 F3 22JAN93 22JUN95 08MAR95 08JUL95 F4 01JUN90 15JUN95 01AUG94 15JUL95 Notes of caution: Do not be disheartened by the retrogression of the F1 and F2B categories over a month period (November to December 2017) because over a 5-year period, the same categories moved over 4 years (F1) and more than 3 years (F2B). Priority Date movement over a year, same month AND from November 2018  F1 Forward by 2 years, 1 month and 1 week / 2 weeks forward  F2A Approximately 9 months forward movement / 3 weeks forward  F2B 11 months forward / just 1 week advance  F3 Four months advance / just over a week forward  F4 Almost 11 months movement /1 month advance What immigrant visa applicants should concentrate on is to ensure their continuing eligibility for the category and what rules of inaddmisibility could apply fo both the petitioner and them – the visa beneficiaries,. These include the current immigration status of the petitioner (a U.S. citizen or permanent resident) the domicile, age and health of the petitioner; their (visa applicant’s) marital status, discrepancy of names, dates on the birth certificates, marriage certificates of all beneficiaries, the completeness and accuracy of of the Affidavit of Support for both the petitioner and/or the joint or co-sponsor in accordance with the most current Federal Poverty guidelines. Finally, how the newly issued Public Charge rule would or could affect their visa application. For more details on the Public Charge rule, read our article on our official website - https://www.visacenter.org/page/dhs-to-bar-millions-of-immigrants-on-public-charge-issue/910 IMPORTANCE OF FILING DATES As we have emphasized often, it is better to check the other chart of the Visa Bulletion published by the State Department – the DATES OF FILING – because this is the period that visa beneficiaries should gather all documents establishing their continuing eligibility for the visa category, making sure the documents are authentic, updated and the information confirms or are the same with the information on the visa petition and the documents submitted with the National Visa Center. Otherwise, discrepancies and outdated forms and documents including NBI and police clearances could cause unnecessary delay as well as potential visa refusal. VISA BULLETIN, DECEMBER 2013, 2017 and 2018 How priority dates moves during the Holidays FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES PHILIPPINES Family-Sponsored DEC. 2013 NOV. 2018 DEC. 2017 DEC. 2018 F1 01JUL01 01FEB07 01JAN05 15FEB07 F2A 08SEP13 15SEP16 22DEC15 08OCT16 F2B 22MAR03 01JUN07 01JUL06 08JUN07 F3 22JAN93 22JUN95 08MAR95 08JUL95 F4 01JUN90 15JUN95 01AUG94 15JUL95 Notes of caution: Do not be disheartened by the retrogression of the F1 and F2B categories over a month period (November to December 2017) because over a 5-year period, the same categories moved over 4 years (F1) and more than 3 years (F2B). Priority Date movement over a year, same month AND from November 2018  F1 Forward by 2 years, 1 month and 1 week / 2 weeks forward  F2A Approximately 9 months forward movement / 3 weeks forward  F2B 11 months forward / just 1 week advance  F3 Four months advance / just over a week forward  F4 Almost 11 months movement /1 month advance What immigrant visa applicants should concentrate on is to ensure their continuing eligibility for the category and what rules of inaddmisibility could apply fo both the petitioner and them – the visa beneficiaries,. These include the current immigration status of the petitioner (a U.S. citizen or permanent resident) the domicile, age and health of the petitioner; their (visa applicant’s) marital status, discrepancy of names, dates on the birth certificates, marriage certificates of all beneficiaries, the completeness and accuracy of of the Affidavit of Support for both the petitioner and/or the joint or co-sponsor in accordance with the most current Federal Poverty guidelines. Finally, how the newly issued Public Charge rule would or could affect their visa application. For more details on the Public Charge rule, read our article on our official website - https://www.visacenter.org/page/dhs-to-bar-millions-of-immigrants-on-public-charge-issue/910 IMPORTANCE OF FILING DATES As we have emphasized often, it is better to check the other chart of the Visa Bulletion published by the State Department – the DATES OF FILING – because this is the period that visa beneficiaries should gather all documents establishing their continuing eligibility for the visa category, making sure the documents are authentic, updated and the information confirms or are the same with the information on the visa petition and the documents submitted with the National Visa Center. Otherwise, discrepancies and outdated forms and documents including NBI and police clearances could cause unnecessary delay as well as potential visa refusal. VISA BULLETIN, DECEMBER 2013, 2017 and 2018 How priority dates moves during the Holidays FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES PHILIPPINES Family-Sponsored DEC. 2013 NOV. 2018 DEC. 2017 DEC. 2018 F1 01JUL01 01FEB07 01JAN05 15FEB07 F2A 08SEP13 15SEP16 22DEC15 08OCT16 F2B 22MAR03 01JUN07 01JUL06 08JUN07 F3 22JAN93 22JUN95 08MAR95 08JUL95 F4 01JUN90 15JUN95 01AUG94 15JUL95 Notes of caution: Do not be disheartened by the retrogression of the F1 and F2B categories over a month period (November to December 2017) because over a 5-year period, the same categories moved over 4 years (F1) and more than 3 years (F2B). Priority Date movement over a year, same month AND from November 2018  F1 Forward by 2 years, 1 month and 1 week / 2 weeks forward  F2A Approximately 9 months forward movement / 3 weeks forward  F2B 11 months forward / just 1 week advance  F3 Four months advance / just over a week forward  F4 Almost 11 months movement /1 month advance What immigrant visa applicants should concentrate on is to ensure their continuing eligibility for the category and what rules of inaddmisibility could apply fo both the petitioner and them – the visa beneficiaries,. These include the current immigration status of the petitioner (a U.S. citizen or permanent resident) the domicile, age and health of the petitioner; their (visa applicant’s) marital status, discrepancy of names, dates on the birth certificates, marriage certificates of all beneficiaries, the completeness and accuracy of of the Affidavit of Support for both the petitioner and/or the joint or co-sponsor in accordance with the most current Federal Poverty guidelines. Finally, how the newly issued Public Charge rule would or could affect their visa application. For more details on the Public Charge rule, read our article on our official website - https://www.visacenter.org/page/dhs-to-bar-millions-of-immigrants-on-public-charge-issue/910 IMPORTANCE OF FILING DATES As we have emphasized often, it is better to check the other chart of the Visa Bulletion published by the State Department – the DATES OF FILING – because this is the period that visa beneficiaries should gather all documents establishing their continuing eligibility for the visa category, making sure the documents are authentic, updated and the information confirms or are the same with the information on the visa petition and the documents submitted with the National Visa Center. Otherwise, discrepancies and outdated forms and documents including NBI and police clearances could cause unnecessary delay as well as potential visa refusal.

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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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