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Visa Bulletin October 2018: How priority dates moved over a month period and over 10 years

If you intend to apply for a Non-Religious Worker Nonimmigrant Visa and Immigrant Investors, these two visas are expiring soon. Get the official info, below.


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Visa Bulletin October 2018: How priority dates moved over a month period and over 10 years
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Updated September 13, 2018 | United States of America

FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES

The prioridy dates below should be consulted to determine if you should have received your immigrant visa interview schedule at a consular post overseas. Such an information could avoid a potential termination of your visa application should you fail to communicate with the State Department.

We have, therefore, provided how priority dates moved within a month period (Sept to Oct 2018) and how the priority dates within a 10 year period. This information shouid be important for visa applicants who are looking for years before their priority dates become current.

The last column shows, the FILING DATES for preference categories.  As the State Department explains, visa applicants can START the visa application proces so that they could complete documentation and pay the applicable fees to ensure that they have everything down pat when their priority date becomes current.

Family-
Sponsored 

All  Areas Except Those Listed, Oct’18

FINAL DATE

OCT. 2013

FINAL DATE

SEPT. 2018

FINAL DATE

OCT. 2018

DATE FOR FILING, PHILS

OCT 2018

F1

01JUN11

01JUN01

15NOV06

22DEC06

15FEB08

F2A

22AUG16

08SEP13

22JUL16

22AUG16

01DEC17

F2B

22NOV11

08FEB03

22APR07

15MAY07

15DEC07

F3

15JUN06

01JAN93

01JUN95

08JUN95

01JUN97

F4

15FEB05

22MAR90

01JUN95

08JUN95

08APR96

EB3/OWS

CURRENT

15DEC06

01NOV16

01JUN17

01JUL17

State Department official into, below

*NOTE: For October, F2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are authorized for issuance to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01AUG16. F2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are authorized for issuance to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01AUG16 and earlier than 22AUG16. All F2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit.

 DATES FOR FILING FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA APPLICATIONS

The chart below reflects dates for filing visa applications within a timeframe justifying immediate action in the application process. Applicants for immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the application date in the chart below may assemble and submit required documents to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, following receipt of notification from the National Visa Center containing detailed instructions. The application date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa. If a category is designated “current,” all applicants in the relevant category may file applications, regardless of priority date.

The “C” listing indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date. The listing of a date for any category indicates that only applicants with a priority date which is earlier than the listed date may file their application.

 D.  SCHEDULED EXPIRATION OF TWO EMPLOYMENT CATEGORIES

Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR):

Pursuant to section 202 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141), the non-minister special immigrant program expires on September 30, 2018.  No SR visas may be issued overseas, or final action taken on adjustment of status cases, after midnight September 29, 2018. Visas issued prior to this date will only be issued with a validity date of September 29, 2018, and all individuals seeking admission as a non-minister special immigrant must be admitted (repeat, admitted) into the U.S. no later than midnight September 29, 2018.

The final action date for this category has been listed as “Unavailable” for October.  If there is legislative action extending this category for FY-2019, the final action date would immediately become “Current” for October for all countries except El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, which would be subject to a February 15, 2016 final action date and Mexico, which would be subject to an October 22, 2016 final action date.  

Employment Fifth Preference Categories (I5 and R5):

Section 204 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141) extended this immigrant investor pilot program until September 30, 2018. The I5 and R5 visas may be issued until close of business on September 30, 2018, and may be issued for the full validity period. No I5 or R5 visas may be issued overseas, or final action taken on adjustment of status cases, after September 30, 2018.

The final action dates for the I5 and R5 categories have been listed as “Unavailable” for October.  If there is legislative action extending them for FY-2019, the final action dates would immediately become “Current” for October for all countries except China-mainland born I5 and R5, which would be subject to an August 15, 2014 final action date and Vietnam I5 and R5, which would be subject to a January 1, 2016 final action date.  

About the Author

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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