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Visa Bulletin February 2018

Big winners are the F1 category: Over 21 unmarried sons and daughters of US citizens and F2A Spouses and minor children of green card holders.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on January 17, 2018; updated January 17, 2018

Visa Bulletin February 2018

Visa Valentine Dates for February 2018

If you have noticed it – as we surely did – the Visa Bulletin been coming out late since the end of the year. While this may have something to do with less officials and staff doing the work since less positions at the State Department had been filled -  the priority dates for February 2018 still came out - late, and still heartwarming.

That being said, here’s the priority dates – as usual with comparison from last month and five years before that to give you a realistic idea on how long you may have to wait for your expected interview date.

FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FEBRUARY LAST MONTH, 2013 AND THIS MONTH

Family-
Sponsored 

All Others

FEB.  2018

FEB. 2013

JAN. 2018

FEB. 2018

F1

15MAR11

08MAR98

01JAN05

01AUG05

F2A

01MAR16

22OCT10

01FEB16

01MAR16

F2B

15JAN11

15MAY02

01JUL06

22JUL06

F3

15NOV05

22AUG92

15MAR95

15MAR95

F4

22JUL04

01JUN89

01SEP94

01OCT94

EB3 & OWs

Current except for EB5

22AUG06

15FEB16

01MAR16

 

Big winners! F1 advanced 7 years, 5 months from 2013, and moved forward 8 months from last month. That’s great news.  The F2A advanced 6 years 7 months from 2015 but moved only a month from January this year.

FILING DATES – the dates shown in the chart show when applicants with priority dates in the specific categories could start their visa application process to ensure that they have complied with the requirements and submitted the needed documents before the priority becomes current. At that time,

Family-
Sponsored 

All Other

countries

FEB. 2013

JAN. 2018

FEB. 2018

F1

01JAN12

01JAN12

01OCT07

01OCT07

F2A

01NOV16

01NOV16

01NOV16

01NOV16

F2B

01SEP11

01SEP11

01SEP07

01SEP07

F3

01DEC05

01DEC05

15JUN95

15JUN95

F4

15NOV04

22JUN04

01MAR95

01MAR95

EB3 & OWs

Current except EB4, I5 and R5

22AUG06

15FEB16

EB1 to EB4, C5 and T5 Current

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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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