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Visa Bulletin September 2018, Latest

Check both the FINAL and FILING Dates of your immigrant visa application and see how fast your category moved within a year and from last month's date.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on August 10, 2018; updated August 10, 2018

Visa Bulletin September 2018, Latest

PRIORITY DATES FAMILY AND EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

To help our Friends and the immigrant community in monitoring and preparing for the immigrant visa processing till the interview process, we are providing the relevant dates for those waiting for their immigrant visa schedule.

The FINAL Dates (August and September 2018) refers to the dates that an applicant should already have an interview letter from the National Visa Center and get an interview date.  The FILING Dates should be consulted to check whether the visa applicant may start the immigrant visa application process and complete the requirements before the priority date becomes current (which would then be shown on the FINAL DATE chart.

Family-
Sponsored 

Filing Date

Sept. 2016

Filing Date

Sept. 2018

Aug. 2018

Sept. 2018 

F1

22DEC05

15FEB08

01AUG06

15NOV06

F2A

22NOV15

01DEC17

22JUL16

22JUL16

F2B

01FEB06

15DEC07

15FEB07

22APR07

F3

01AUG95

01AUG95

01MAY95

01JUN95

F4

15JUL93

01DEC95

22APR95

01JUN95

 

FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

On the chart below for the months indicated, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); "C" means current, i.e., numbers are authorized for issuance to all qualified applicants; and "U" means unauthorized, i.e., numbers are not authorized for issuance. (NOTE: Numbers are authorized for issuance only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the final action date listed below.)

Employment-
based

SEPT. 2017

AUG. 2018

SEPT. 2018

1st

Current

01MAY16

01JUN16

2nd

01JAN16

Current

01JAN13

3rd

01NOV15

01JUN17

01NOV16

Other Workers

01NOV15

01JUN17

01NOV16

4th

Current

Current

Current

Certain Religious Workers

Current

Current

Current

5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)

Current

Current

Current

5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)

Current

Current

Current

DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS

For September, the dates for FILING remain current for all categories except for the EB3 and OW – 01JULY17.

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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