Tuesday, March 13, 2018

VISA BULLETIN APRIL 2018: MASSIVE PROGRESSIONS IN INDIA AND PHILIPPINES

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

April 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
01AUG14
22DEC08 
C
C
EB-3
01JUN15
01FEB08 

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
C
C
EB-2
C
01FEB15
08FEB09 
C
C
EB-3
01JAN16
01APR08 

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):  Both China EB-2 and EB-3 favorably progressed, each by more than 6 months in Table A.  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.  The Chinese EB-1 date retrogressed back to 2012.  We will have a blog post about this shortly.

India:  Although EB-2 barely moved, EB-3 leaped ahead one year!  This is terrific news for Indian EB-3 cases.  While we do not think that another one year movement is in the future, it would not surprise us if the progress holds because (a) the 2007 Visa Gate situation has now passed, and (b) the 2007-12 recession led to a smaller number of green card filings than would have otherwise been filed.  The India EB-1 date retrogressed back to 2012.  We will have a blog post about this shortly.

Mexico: Mirrors All Other in analysis.

Philippines: While our internal measures indicated last month that we should be optimistic that Phils EB-3 would continue to move forward, we did not expect just how positive the progression would be.  Phils EB-3 is now at Jan 2017, which is only a 14 month retrogression. Great news indeed!

38 comments:

  1. My PD is January 9,2017. what should I expect next?

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    1. You should expect a "visa fee bill" from the NVC. They will notify you thru email. Next step is your employer will prepare financial documents whilst you prepare for the civil documents like birth and marriage certificate (PSA issued if your born and/married in the Philippines), NBI police clearance. If you're currently working overseas, you should also need police clearance from the country you are currently residing. Second step is, your employer will require you to fill-in and submit the "DS-260 form" at the website www.ceac.stave.gov. Once successfully done the above procedure, you will wait 4 weeks to hear news from the NVC if they require missing info and/or wants to correct some details, and thus us thru email. If you didn't hear anything, wait 12 weeks from the time you submitted your ds-260 for your papers to be documentarily qualified (DQ). After 4 weeks, NVC will send your employer the "packet" that contain your embassy interview details.

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  2. The june 2017 could be next 1-2 visa bulletin?

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  3. The above procedure will be very smooth as long as your PD is current. If it retrogress, then NVC will stop reviewing the papers. They will again start reviewing it once PD becomes current again. Hope I'd help you.

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  4. Do you think there is a chance that visa bulletins will retrogress or jump back to earlier years (e.g 2014-2016) in the coming months?

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    1. No - other than the usual caveat about August and September.
      See: http://www.musillo.com/2016/07/what-does-august-visa-bulletin-mean.html

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  5. What if i am on the process of fixing all my papers and suddenly the next VB retrogress, what will happen to the whole procedure?

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    1. The process stops until your PD is again current.

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  6. My PD is Jan. 25, 2017, will it be possible to be current in May 2018 VB? Will NVC send Visa Fee bill too even if not current yet? Thanks.

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    1. Your fee bill process will start because your date qualifies under Chart B. But the GC cannot be issued until you are current under Chart A.

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    2. Thank you so much. God bless!

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  7. Hello MU,

    My PD is current this April.
    When will I be scheduled for an interview in a US embassy?

    Thank you for your help!

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    1. Please read my post above to get a time-frame.

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  9. Hi MU, my PD is July 28,2016, EB3 Phils. What should be the next steps?

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    1. Have you talked to your recruiter, attorney, or US employer? That should be your next step.

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    2. Thanks MU. They just talked to me about it. I am actually currently in the US already working for the same employer.

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  10. When do you think the June 2017 PD will be current?

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  11. Hi MU, I am indian, my pd is July 2007 the date is current now.

    My agency who processed my application in 2007 is not available now, kindly advise what should I do now for the further process.
    thanks
    Varghese

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    1. you must find a new US employer and restart the GC process unfortunately. However you will retain the 07 priority date. It should only take about 1 year to get in to the US. If you cannot find a US employer, please email me and I can put you in touch with a recruiter.

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  12. Hi everyone,

    I am an EB3 applicant from Philippines.PD is February 2015.I already have an interview date which is May 11.If June visa bulletin which will be releases on May retrogressed,will I still be affected by it?or my application is still current until the end of May?

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    1. No - your case will not be negatively impacted. Each visa bulletin is monthly, except occasionally in Aug/Sept.

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  13. Thanks for reading, everyone.

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    1. Thank you for answering our questions. You have helped us

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  18. I am currently in the US and my PD is on 02/09/2017 EB3 Phiilippines. When do you think it will be current? I didn't received any email from NVC. Do you think I can start filing my documents now or wait til it be current? Thank you.

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