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October 2018 Department of State Visa Bulletin

The visa bulletin is out at this link: Visa Bulleting for October 2018

For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 is at April 1, 2017 for all countries except India (June 1, 2016) and China (June 1, 2016); EB-2 is current for all countries except India (March 26, 2009) and China (April 1, 2015); EB-3 is current for all countries except India (January 1, 2009), China (June 1, 2015), and the Philippines (June 1, 2017); EB-3 other workers is current for all countries except India (January 1, 2009), China (May 1, 2007), and the Philippines (June 1, 2017); EB-4 is current for all countries except El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (February 15, 2016) and Mexico (October 22, 2016); Religious Worker visas are currently unauthorized; EB-5 non-regional centers are current for all countries except China (August 15, 2014) and Vietnam (January 1, 2016); EB-5 regional centers are currently unauthorized.  Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at August 22, 2016 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents), and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) is June 8, 1995.

For the Date for Filing, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 is June 1, 2018 for all countries except China and India (October 1, 2017); EB-2 is current for all countries except India (May 22, 2009) and China (June 15, 2015); EB-3 is current for all countries except India (October 1, 2009), China (August 8, 2015), and the Philippines (July 1, 2017); EB-3 other workers is current for all countries except India (October 1, 2009), China (June 1, 2008), and the Philippines (July 1, 2017); EB-4 and religious workers are all current except for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (May 1, 2016); and EB-5 non-regional centers and regional centers are current for all countries except China (October 1, 2014).  Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at December 1, 2017 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for Philippines F4 (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) at April 8, 1996.