by Chris Musillo

The Department of State has just issued the February 2018 Visa Bulletin. This is the fifth Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2018. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin.

February 2018 Visa Bulletin

Final Action Dates -- Applications with these dates may be approved for their Green Card (Permanent Residency card) or Immigrant Visa appointment.

EB

Class
All Other
CHINA
INDIA
MEXICO
PHIL'PNES
EB-1
C
C
C
C
C
EB-2
C
01OCT13
08DEC08
C
C
EB-3
C
15SEP14
01DEC06
C
01MAR16

MU Law Analysis

All Other: The EB-2 has been current for many years. The EB-3 is also current and is expected to remain current for the foreseeable future.

China (mainland-born): Both China EB-2 and EB-3 favorably progressed. EB-2 improved by two months; EB-3 improved by five months. The China EB-3 remains more favorable than Chinese EB-2. The odd situation of China EB-3 progressing faster than China EB-2 will remain to be the case for the foreseeable future.

India: Both India EB-2 and EB-3 progressed. EB-2 by 2 weeks and EB-3 by 4 weeks, which is about what we expect that the monthly progressions will be in FY 2018. MU suspects that EB-3 will not progress at any notable rate until at least the India EB-3 date moves past the Visa Gate date of August 2007.

Mexico: Mirrors All Other in analysis.

Philippines: The Philippine EB-3 date moved two weeks, which is its average in FY2018. Because of increased demand will expect slower progressions in the FY2018, progressing no more than 1-2 months per Visa Bulletin, unless I-485 processing times. I-485 processing times may slow because of the new I-485 EB interview requirement. If EB I-485 interview times slow, it will cause the DOS to free up more visas for Consular Processing petitions.
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