The November 2018 Visa Bulletin has been released.

Typically, the Final Action Dates chart is to be used when reading the Visa Bulletin. It should be noted that if the USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for a fiscal year than there are known applicants, USCIS will declare that the Dates for Filing chart is to be used for a particular month rather than the Final Action Dates chart. The USCIS has determined that for the month of November, the Dates for Filing chart will be used.

The EB-1 category has moved forward. Visas are available for foreign nationals of all countries with a priority date of June 1, 2018 with the exception of mainland China and India (priority dates: October 1, 2017). The EB-2 category is current with the exception of mainland China (priority date: June 15, 2015) and India (priority date: May 22, 2009). EB-3 category foreign nationals are current with the exception of mainland China (priority date: August 8, 2015), India (priority date: October 1, 2009) and the Philippines (priority date: July 1, 2017)

The F2A category (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) cut-off date has moved forward to December 1, 2017 for all areas of chargeability. All other family-based categories continue to experience significant backlogs despite movement forward. The longest queues again remain with the Philippines in both the F3 category (married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens) with a date of June 1, 1997 and F4 category (brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens) with a date of April 8, 1996.

Cut-off dates on the Visa Bulletin do not always progress forward in time. Visa retrogression occurs when more people apply for a visa in a particular category or country than there are visas available for that month. Retrogression typically occurs toward the end of the fiscal year as visa issuance approaches the annual category, or per-country limitations.

The November Visa Bulletin can be accessed via the U.S. Department of State website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-for-november-2018.html


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