The biggest take away from this months Visa Bulletin is that there was little, if any movement for any category, except some forward movement for India EB–2 cases. See Below for details.
Family Based Visa Dates
FB1 – Adult Children (unmarried) of US Citizens: This category stayed at Dec 1, 2014 for All Other Areas, China and India. It stayed at January 1, 2000 for Mexico and March 1, 2012 for the Philippines
FB2A– Spouses and children of US Permanent Residents: This category remained current for all areas of the world.
FB2B – Adult Children (unmarried) of US Permanent Residents: This category stayed at September 22, 2015 for All Other Areas, India and China. It stayed at January 1, 2001 for Mexico and October 22, 2011 for the Philippines.
FB3 – Adult Children (married) of US Citizens: This category stayed at November 22, 2008 for All other Areas, China and India. It stayed at September 15, 1997 for Mexico and at June 8 2002 for the Philippines.
FB4 – Siblings of US Citizens: This category stayed at March 22, 2007 for All Other Areas, China and India. It stayed at January 1, 2000 for Mexico and at August 22, 2002 for the Philippines
Employment Based Visa Dates
EB–1: Remained Current for the entire world
EB–2: The Final Action Dates remained Current for Everywhere, and remained at March 1, 2019 for China. The final action date progressed from July 8, 2013 to September 1, 2013 for India. The Dates for Filing (which may be used) for China remained at April 1, 2019 for China and progressed from September 1, 2014 to December 1, 2014 for India. Despite the fears that India may retrogress, India, in fact, moved its dates forward. However, this category could retrogress for India at any time.
EB–3: For Final Action Dates, there was no movement anywhere – most of the world remained Current, China remained at March 22, 2018 and India remained at January 15, 2012. Likewise, for the Dates for Filing (which may be used) everything remained the same, April 1, 2018 for China and January 22, 2012 for India.
Unfortunately there was no guidance from Charlie Oppenheim on the projections for what the dates will do in the future. If that is forthcoming we will let you know as soon as we hear.
Please remember, as always, this blog does not offer legal advice. If you need legal advice, consult with a lawyer instead of a blog. Thank you.