Friday, April 20, 2018

CHECKING IN ON THE VISA BULLETIN

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin guru, Charlie Oppenheim, hosts monthly meetings with the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  Charlie Oppenheim is the Department of State’s Chief of the Control and Reporting Division. He is the officer who is responsible for producing the Visa Bulletin each month.

This month’s Check In With Charlie featured predictions about EB2 and EB3, which are the most popular categories for readers of this Blog.  Here are some of this month’s highlights:

Categories in which final action dates will remain the same include-
EB-1 China and India;
EB-2 India;
EB-3 China and Philippines;
EB-4 El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and
EB-5 China.

Categories with modest advancements-
EB-2 China will move forward one month to September 1, 2014;
EB-3 India will advance three months to May 1, 2008;
EB-3 Other Workers China and India will advance one and three months respectively, to May 1, 2007 and May 1, 2008; and
EB-4 Mexico will advance roughly five weeks to October 22, 2016.

It is likely that most employment-based final action dates will hold at their May dates for the month of June with some changes possible in July. What occurs is entirely dependent on demand that may materialize, and continuing consultations with USCIS. The wildcard this year that could cause unanticipated fluctuations in the final action dates is the pace of USCIS field office processing of I-485s.

20 comments:

  1. Hi Mu, how about Eb3 Philippines?
    Thanks.

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    1. My sense is slower progressions for the next few months.

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  2. It says remain the same,meaning for june visa bulletin it will be stil Jan1,2017? No chance of movement? My PD is June2017 when will be it will be current?

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    1. It seems unlikley this fiscal year, which ends Sept 30.

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  3. Good day MU,

    Did he mentioned any high possibility of retro on eb3 Philippines?

    Thank you

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    1. No - it is unlikely that EB3 Phils will retrogress (except in Aug/Sept)

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  4. hi Sir!

    My pd is september 11, 2017.
    eb3 Philippines

    is there any chance for my pd to be current this year? when it may be?

    thank you

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    1. No - I do not think that it will be current this Fiscal year

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  5. Hi Sir! My PD is Jan. 25,2017, EB3 Phil. Will it be current next VB for June 2018? Thanks!

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    1. Maybe. Hard to say with that degree of precision.

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  6. Hi Chris, I am EB3 India and my PD is Oct 2006.My employer has filed I-140 thru Texas service center (not thru premium process as I understand). When I checked USCIS website, processing time shows that Sept 30th. (5.5 to 7.5 months). Is it real time? If not how long it take to approve I-140? mine is filed on 6th Dec 2006. Am I coming under Schedule A category? Thanks...

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    1. What is your job title? That determines if you are Schedule A.

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    2. Thanks for your reply. I am a Nurse. Time frame showing USCIS website is real time?

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    3. Not necessarily. The USCIS website is often dated.

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    4. Hi,
      Today they have confirmed that my I 140 is approved. now, what are the procedures? How long it takes up to embassy interview? How do we take police clearance cert? Thanks..

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    5. Hi AD -
      Is your Priority date current?

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  7. Hai I am EB3 India PD June 3 2008. when can I expect my date to be current?

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  8. Hello MU, my PD is current since the April 2018 visa bulletin. When might I receive the NVC fee bill? Or How long does it usually take to receive it from being current? Thank you.

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    1. It can often take a month or two. The NVC has slowed down.

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