by Chris Musillo

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

July 2018 Visa Bulletin


Table A: 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
01JAN12
01JAN12
C
C
EB-2
C
01JAN15
01MAR09
C
C
EB-3
C
01JAN13
01NOV08
C

01JAN17

Table B: Dates for Filing -- The DOS may work on applications with these dates. But the Visa cannot be approved until the date is current per Table A.


EB


Class
All Other
CHINA
INDIA
MEXICO
PHIL'PNES
EB-1
C
C
01JAN12
C
C
EB-2
C
01APR15
22MAY09
C
C
EB-3
C
01JAN16
01MAY09
C

01JUL17

MU Law Analysis (all references are to Table A unless noted)


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): As often happens as we get closer to the end of the fiscal year, each categories moves with a higher variance than is usual. We expect that China EB-1 and EB-3 are essentially fully used, which means that there will be no numbers until after October 1, 2018. On the other hand, the China EB-2 number progressed about 6 months, reflecting than "downgrade" demand that has occurred in the last several years.

India: As with China, the retrogression of India EB-1 probably means that there will not be a forward progression until after October 1, 2018. EB-2 and EB-3 continued their steady progress. Rumors are flying around the internet about a massive progression of EB-3. We expect steady progressions for Indian EB-3, reflecting lower demand for these visas in 2008-09.

Mexico: Mirrors All Other in analysis.

Philippines: Phils EB-3 stayed the same. As with China EB-1 and EB-3, and India EB-1, this probably means no forward progression until October 1, 2018, when the new fiscal year begins. There is a minimal chance of a small progression in the next few months.

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