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Vlsa Bulletin April 2018 - Secretary of State fired, hired

What effect will the change of Secretary have on visa allocation and issuance? Visa allocation, none. Issuance is another matter.


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Vlsa Bulletin April 2018 - Secretary of State fired, hired
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Updated March 14, 2018 | United States of America

Visa Bulletin For April 2018

The State Department has lost Rex Tillerson as the Secretary of State. The annouinced or preferred replacement is Mike Pompeo, current (at time of writing) and soon to be former head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

What effect will the change of Secretary have on visa allocation and issuance?

Visa allocation, none. Annual visa numbers are set by law, not by the President of the United States.

Issuance, however, is another matter since decisions are subject to administrative control and could become more difficult\ for visa applicants if inadmissibility potentials (terrorist tag, previous overstay in the US, undisclosed information, etc.) are scrutinized.  Requiring visa applicants additional dlocuments or asking for additional requirements could prolong the delay of visa issuance.  And even when visa applicants who are considered to have committed immigration violations are eligible for waivers - obtraining one had been made more difficult of late.

Now, for the April 2018 dates.

Immigrant visa applicants worldwide compete for the annual visa allocation by law under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA): Family-sponsored categories, 226,000 and Employment-based 140,000. A per-country yearly quota is also set at 25,620.

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers:

A. (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents:  77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;

B. (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents:  23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third: (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: (F4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens:  65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

A.  FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES

On the chart below, 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.)

Family-
Sponsored 

All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed

APRIL 2013

MARCH 2018

APRIL 2018 

F1

08APR11

15FEB99

15OCT05

01JAN06

F2A

01MAY16

15DEC10

22MAR16

01MAY16

F2B

08APR11

15JUL02

08SEP06

01NOV06

F3

08JAN06

01OCT92

22MAR95

22MAR95

F4

15SEP04

15AUG89

22NOV94

15DEC94

EB3/OWs

Current

08SEP2006

01MAY2026

01JAN2017

 

*Visa Bulletin April 2018 Note - : For April, F2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are authorized for issuance to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01APR16. F2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limitare authorized for issuance to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01APR16 and earlier than 01MAY16. All F2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit.

DATES FOR FILING FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA APPLICATIONS

The second chart published by the State Department shows the dates by which visa applicants may start processing of their applications.  While the dates here are usually ahead of the dates on the FINAL DATE chart, the pace of advance has slowed down.  For example, There had been no changes in the Filing Dates for F1, F2B, F3 and F4 of Philippine applicants,  Only the F2A preference category moved ay 3 months and 2 + weeks since last month.

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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