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Visa Bulletin for August, 2013 to 2018

Instead of just checking your priority date monthly, it is best to check how your specific preference category moved over a period of time, in this case for six years.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on July 13, 2018; updated July 13, 2018

Visa Bulletin for August, 2013 to 2018

How long have you been waiting the last five years for your priority date to be current and have your immigrant visa interview schedule?

An immigrant visa applicant is scheduled for an interview when his or her priority date becomes current, immigrant visas become available for him/her and family members. The interview schedule at the specific U.S. Embassy or consular post is scheduled by the National Visa Center after receiving the correct visa application fees and the documents establishing the visa applicant’s qualification to appear before a consular officer for the interview.

Getting an interview appointment is one thing. Being eligible for the visa issuiance is another. But that is another story.  In the meantime, here’s how the priority dates in the Family-sponsored and Employment-based categories moved in the last 5 years.

Family-
Sponsored

August

2013

August

2014

August

2015

August

2016

August

2017

August

2018

F1

01JAN01

01JUN04

15MAR00

22MAR05

15OCT06

01AUG06

F2A

C

01MAY12

15DEC13

15NOV14

22SEP15

22JUL16

F2B

22DEC02

08OCT03

22MAY04

15SEP05

08DEC06

15FEB07

F3

01DEC92

15APR93

22AUG93

15MAR94

22JAN95

01MAY95

F4

08JAN90

22JAN91

15JAN92

01FEB93

08APR94

22APR95

EB3 / OWs

22OCT06

01JUN10

01JUN04

15MAY09

01JUN15

01JUN17

Movement of categories in 5 years

F1          Moved 3 years from 2013 to 2014, reversed 4 years in 2015, forward 5 years in 2016, then moved  7 months in 2017. Over a year period (2017-2018)  F1 moved back by 2 months.

F2A        Was current in 2012, retrogressed to 01May12, moved forward 6 months the next year,11 months in 2016, slowed down to 10 months in 2017; 10 months forward a year after (2018).

F2B        Ten months forward from 2013 to 2014, seven months the next, fast forward to 1 year and 4 months in 2016, then 1 year and 3 months in 2017; slowed down two months this year.

F3          Moved 4 months in 2014 from year before, inched 4 months in 2015, lurched 1 year and 1 month in 2016, continued fast movement in 2017 by 1 year and 2 months; advanced less than 4 months in 2018.

F4          Maintained 1 year movement forward from 3 years (2013-2015) slowed down to 11 months in 2015, resumed 1 year and 1 month movement the year after (2016); moved forward a year and two weeks over a year period.

EB3/OW             Forward 3 years and 8 months from 2013 to 2014; retrogressed 6 years in 2015; moved forward almost 5 years in 2016, maintained fast movement of 5 years and 1 month in 2017; slowed down to 2 years for the 2017-2018 period.

Authors & Contributors

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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