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The Department of State (DOS) has issued its April 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was a retrogression for the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India. There continues to be a steady advancement for the priority dates for EB-2 for China and India and for the priority dates for EB-3 for China, India, and the Philippines.

EB-1-Worldwide:    Priority dates are current, except:

China:                      Priority date of January 1, 2012 (Retrogression of 2282 days)

India:                       Priority date of January 1, 2012 (Retrogression of 2282 days)

EB-2-Worldwide:   Priority dates are current, except:

China:                      Priority date of August 1, 2014 (Advancement of 236 days)

India:                       Priority date of December 22, 2008 (Advancement of 7 days)

EB-3-Worldwide:   Priority dates are current, except:

China:                      Priority date of June 1, 2015 (Advancement of 198 days)

India:                        Priority date of February 1, 2008 (Advancement of 396 days)

Philippines:            Priority date of January 1, 2017 (Advancement of 245 days)


If USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for a fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, the USCIS will state on www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo that you may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart in the Department of State April 2018 Visa Bulletin. Otherwise, USCIS will indicate on their web site that you must use the Application Final Action Dates chart to determine when you may file your adjustment of status application in the United States.  Currently, as of this publication, the USCIS has not determined which chart to use for April 2018.  The dates listed above are the Application Final Action Dates.

Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim

There is no April 2018 analysis or predictions from Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS).  Charlie Oppenheim is responsible for analyzing and predicting immigrant preference categories. SW Law Group will post any updated analysis and predictions from Charlie Oppenheim if such information is released this month.

Please contact SW Law Group if you have any further questions regarding these developments.