by Chris Musillo

DON'T PANIC ABOUT THIS VISA BULLETIN!

We invite you to read our FAQ on August and September Visa Bulletins.

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


September 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
01JUN16
01JAN12
01JAN12
01JUN16
01JUN16
EB-2
01JAN13
01JAN13
01JAN07
01JAN13
01JAN13
EB-3
01NOV16
01JUL14
01JAN03
01NOV16

01NOV16

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
C
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)


This Visa Bulletin retrogressed all categories several years. This is the Department of State's signal that all employment-based visas have been used for this fiscal year. This is normal and happen at the end of each fiscal year. The new fiscal year starts on October 1, 2018. This Visa Bulletin includes a note confirming that "the implementation of the above mentioned dates will only be temporary and in October, the first month of fiscal year 2019, the final action dates will be returned to those established for August."

Accordingly, things will return to normal on October 1, 2018.