Trivia: On May 10, 1877, U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes had which common piece of technology first installed into the White House?


Where are we this month?

Advancements

Employment

  • Chinese nationals advance approximately one month in the EB-2 and Other Workers categories while Indian nationals see a slightly more significant advancement of 3 months in both the EB-3 and Other Workers categories.
  • Mexican nationals advanced nearly 11 weeks in the EB-4 category.
  • Of particular importance, filing dates for Certain Religious Workers are current for all nationals excluding Mexican, El Salvadorian, Guatemalan, and Honduran nationals while the 5th Non-Regional and Regional Center categories are current for all individuals except Chinese and Vietnamese nationals

Family

  • In most family-based categories, we see advancements of approximately 2-5 weeks, with the exclusion of the F-1 classification for Indian, Chinese, and Worldwide nationals, which are not subject to any changes on this month’s bulletin, as well as certain classifications for Mexican and Philippine nationals.
  • In the F-2B and F-4 categories, Philippine nationals advance 6+ weeks. Similarly, Mexican nationals in the F-1 and F-3 classifications advance nearly 10 and 8 weeks, respectively.

Rules of the Road for Immigrant Visa Processing

What is the “Final Action Date”?

The date when USCIS or DOS may adjudicate and issue a final decision on Immigrant Visa applications. You are eligible to file if your priority date is before the posted date.

What is the “Date for Filing Application”?

The date when the I-485 or NVC application may be submitted to the respective agency –  USCIS/DOS. You are eligible to file if your priority date is before the posted date.

Before you act Visit www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo  for information on whether USCIS has determined that this chart can be used this month for filing applications for adjustment of status with USCIS.

What is a “priority date”?

This date establishes your place in line for receiving an immigration visa petition.  For employment-based petitions with PERM labor certification sponsorship, the priority date is the date the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) receives the company’s ETA Form 9089. Where PERM sponsorship is not required, the date is set when the I-140, I-526 or I-360 is filed with USCIS. For family-based sponsorships this is set when USCIS receives the Form I-130 petition.

FINAL ACTION: EMPLOYMENT CATEGORIES

*Current priority dates are eligible to file AND be adjudicated

FILING: EMPLOYMENT CATEGORIES

*Current priority dates for this category are eligible to file, but will NOT be adjudicated until the priority date is current chart above

FINAL ACTION: FAMILY CATEGORIES

FILING: FAMILY CATEGORIES


Trivia Answer:  The telephone!

Trivia: Each year, March and which other month end on the same day of the week?

Where are we this month?

Advancements

     Employment

  • Chinese nationals experienced some advances with 9+ weeks in the EB-2 category and 8+ weeks in the EB-3 category.

While the EB-5 category for Regional Center filings is now available for Chinese nationals with a priority date of July 22, 2014, it remains unavailable for all other nationals.  Non-Regional Center filings are current for all with the exception of Chinese nationals where we see a July 22, 2014 priority date.

  • Indian nationals also advance modestly moving forward by 1 week in the EB-2 category and 4 weeks in the EB-3 category.
  • Philippine nationals continue to be current in the EB-2 category with an 8 week advancement in the EB-3 category
  • Of particular importance, filing dates for certain religious workers are now current with a slight backlog for Mexican, El Salvadorian, Guatemalan, and Honduran nationals.

Family

  • For family-based sponsorship, Philippine nationals advance 10+ weeks while all other nationals advance approximately 1+ week in the F-1 category.
  • In all other family-based categories, we continue to see similar modest advancements, with the exclusion of the F-3 classification for Mexican nationals, which is not subject to any changes on this month’s bulletin.

Continue Reading March 2018 Visa Bulletin

Trivia: Who was the only U.S. President to serve in two nonconsecutive terms?

Where are we this month?

Advancements

  • Chinese nationals experienced some advances with 7+ weeks in the EB-2 category and 22 weeks in the EB-3 category.

Of note is the EB-5 category for Regional Center filings remains unavailable and for direct investment there is no movement in the Final Action Dates; and moving backward 4 weeks to September 1, 2014 for Date of Filing Application cut off.

  • Indian nationals also advance modestly with 2 weeks in the EB-2 category and 4 weeks in EB-3.
  • Philippine nationals continue to be current in the EB-2 category with a 2 week advancement in the EB-3 category

Continue Reading February 2018 Visa Bulletin