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Visa Bulletin March 2018

For visa applicants whose petitioners are elderly or in advanced age, the Filing Date chart should be monitored closely. Knowing when you can start processing is crucial especially if the petitioner's health and well being is compromised or the petitioner wants to return to the Philippines.

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

Visa Bulletin March 2018

Visa Bulletin For March 2018

This month, we have provided information on the visa movements for the Family and Employment-based categories so our viewing Immigrant public could have a good sense of when to start contacting the National Visa Center or when to get worried particularly if one's priority date has long been current and you have not received any notice of interview.  Remember, a visa application could be cancelled or terminated if the visa applicant does not take any action after being notified of visa availability.

 

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Areas 2018

MARCH

2013

MARCH

2017

 

FEB. 2018

MARCH

2018

F1

22MAR11

15OCT98

15DEC05

01AUG05

15OCT05

F2A

22MAR16

22NOV10

08MAY15

01MAR16

22MAR16

F2B

01MAR11

08JUN02

01MAY06

22JUL06

08SEP06

F3

15DEC05

15SEP92

08SEP94

15MAR95

22MAR95

F4

22AUG04

15JUL89

01AUG93

01OCT94

22NOV94

EB3/OW

Current

01SEP06

15MAR12

01MAR16

01MAY16

 

Over a month movement. Filing Dates have remained stagnant for the first three years of 2018 except for F2A which moved forward 6 months.  In the Employment-based preference categories, the EB3 and OWs moved 2 months.

Over a year movement: All categories moved forward except the F1 which retrogressed for 2 months. The F4 Family-preference category surprisingly moved forward the most- 1 year and 3 months. The EB3 and Other Workers moved forward fast at 4 years and 2 months.

Over 5-year movement. F1 moved fastest at 7 years, followed by F2A and F4 at five years and 4 months. The F2B moved forward 4 years and 6 months while the F3 category was the slowest over this 5-year period at 2 years and 6 months. The EB3 and OW categories moved 9 years and 8 months.

FILING DATES: WHEN TO START PROCESSING

The Second chart of the Visa Bulletin for both categories (FILING DATES) indicate when a visa applicant in any category may start communicating with the National Visa Center to start processing of his or her visa application.  For applicants whose petitioners are elderly or whose health might be deteriorating, monitoring these dates is crucial.

In the first three months of 2018, only the F2A category showed any signs of movement in the Family-preference categories: from November 1, 2016 to May 1, 2017, a 6 month move forward. The other categories remained stuck as the figures show below.  The EB3 and OW also moved forward 2 months.

CATEGORIES

JAN-FILING

FEB-FILING

MAR-FILING

F1

1-Oct-07

1-Oct-07

1-Oct-07

F2A

1-Nov-16

1-Nov-16

1-May-17

F2B

1-Sep-07

1-Sep-07

1-Sep-07

F3

15-Jun-95

15-Jun-95

15-Jun-95

F4

1-Mar-95

1-Mar-95

1-Mar-95

       

EB1

C

C

C

EB2

C

C

C

EB3

1-Aug-16

1-Aug-16

1-Oct-16

OW

1-Aug-16

1-Aug-16

1-Oct-16

EB4

C

C

C

Relgs.Wrkrs

C

C

C

EB5

C

C

C

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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