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Visa Bulletin for May and June 2018:

Just patiently waiting for your priority date to be current would be a mistake. The State Department has started publishing two charts to let visa applicants when they should start preparing documents.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on May 30, 2018; updated April 22, 2018

Visa Bulletin for May  and June 2018:

Visa Bulletin For June 2018

Fi moved two months from May to June; F2A by 1 month and a week; F2B – one-month advance, F3 – only by a week while F4 moved 3 weeks.

Not bad. At least there was no retrogression.  Read on for the rest of the May 2018 and other relevant issues below.

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All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed

MAY 2018

JUNE 2018 

F1

08APR11

22JAN06

22MAR06

F2A

08JUN16

01JUN16

08JUN16

F2B

22JUN11

15DEC06

15JAN07

F3

15MAR06

01APR95

08APR95

F4

22OCT04

01FEB95

22FEB95

*NOTE: For June, F2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are authorized for issuance to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 08MAY16. F2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are authorized for issuance to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICOwith priority dates beginning 08MAY16 and earlier than 08JUN16. All F2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit.

Visa Bulletin May 2018

Final dates for visa applicants from the Philippines for various years including those in the same month five years earlier.  Check out how fast your priority moved, back-pedalled or remained stuck in place. At least know where you are in the ocean of information by having markers of the past years.

Dates for filing applications barely moved. 

EB1, EB2 and EB3 all moved just a week from last month - or even the beginning of the year.  

Brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens would have momentary reason to rejoice: their priority dates moved seven (7) months from April this year.  After being stuck on "June 15, 1995" as the date that F4 applicants from the Philippines could start preparing their documents, the May 2018 Filing Dates moved to October 15, 1995.

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All areas
Except those
listed, May’18

MAY 2013

MAY 2017

APRIL 2018

MAY 2018

F1

08APR11

01JUN99

01FEB06

01JAN06

22JAN06

F2A

01JUN16

01MAR11

15JUL15

01MAY16

01JUN16

F2B

15MAY11

08SEP02

01AUG06

01NOV06

15DEC06

F3

01FEB06

22OCT92

22SEP94

22MAR95

01APR95

F4

01OCT04

01OCT89

15OCT93

15DEC94

01FEB95

EB3/OW

CURRENT

15SEP06

01JAN13

01JAN17

01JAN2017

Final dates are out for visa applicants whose priority dates are on or earlier than the published priority dates for May 2018.

Good news come for visa applicants in the Employment-based categories . All are current except for the EB3 and Other Workers: the cut-off date did not advance. You can check how fast the different categories moved in the same month for 2017 and 2013.

As always it pays to get your documents ready to ensure that when your priority date becomes current, you would have already submitted all documents and complied with all requirements. Only then would you have an interview date.  Missing out one document could lead to a delay such as F1 category for the Philippines.

Last May 2017, the F1 cut-off date wads Feb. 1, 2006.  This category retrogressed this month (April) and remained unavailable to documentarily qualified candidates in May 2017.

This category advanced only three weeks for May.  Still retrogressed but a 3-week advance nevertheless.

To check how you could prepare for the consular visa interview, text or call +63-917-529-8472.

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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