Wednesday, August 8, 2018

SEPTEBER 2018 VISA BULLETIN: DON'T PANIC! ALL WILL BE FIXED ON OCT 1


 DON'T PANIC ABOUT THIS VISA BULLETIN!

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
01JAN16
01MAY09 

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.

33 comments:

  1. Dear Musillo - As per the august bulletin my priority date (August 2007, India) is current. Am i still eligible to apply for I 485 in August. Is this going to affect my application?

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    1. This VB goes into effect on Sept 1. Therefore if your Table A PD is current you can file an I-485 until Aug 30.

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  2. does it mean that everything will be back to normal in the next visa bulletin?

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    1. Yes- the October VB will look like the Aug or July 2018 VB

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  3. What happened to those who are already current in July 2018 VB and were already scheduled for an embassy interview? Will their schedule and visa issuance be put on hold as well?

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    1. They will have the interview if their PD is current. If not, the Embassy usually postpones the interview.

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  4. HELLO. I GOT CURRENT FOR AUGUST VB, MY PD IS JUNE 1, 2017. IS THERE ANY CHANCES THAT I COULD GET MY ID UNTIL AUGUST 31? THANK YOU. GOD BLESS

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    1. I think that it is unlikley that this will happen.

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    2. hello, my PD is August 2017, received an NVC note to await exit interview date. How does this affect me?

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    3. Will I get an interview date or will i wait up to October to get an interview date?

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  6. Hi MU

    Just wanted to ask how long is the wait to get an embassy interview date after submitting the DS 260 application?

    Many thanks

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  7. Hello Musillo. My PD is APRIL 2018. When do you think will I be current on VB?

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  8. HI MU, My i140's PD is 09/19/2016 EB2 Phils, currently Ne Scv Ctr's PD is jan 2018 and i485 PD is 10/20/2016 and currenlty Ne Svc ctr is at 09/09/16. How long do you think will this take and what would be the next steps (havent recvd any updates yet from uscis)? Thanks!

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    1. You should contact your attorney. The case should be moving.

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  9. EB3 Philippines PD March 2018...any idea when will it be current?thank you

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  10. Hi MU,

    I will have my exit interview next week? What's the implication of the visa bulletin retrogression? Does it mean that my exit interview will be postponed?

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    1. It depends on your PD. Keep in mind that this post does not go into effect until September 1.

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  11. Hi MU

    I'm from the Philippines and my PD is June 2018. When do you think will it become current on the visa bulletin? I have been patiently waiting for more than a year now and after 3 applications at the USCIS, I finally got their approval. I hope you'll respond to my query. Thank you in advance!

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  12. Hi MU,
    What date will EB1 India go to in October Bulletin ?

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    1. Oct-Dec VBs will be retrogressed for EB-1. It should get much better after the new year.

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  13. My priority date is Feb 2006 will it be current in October??

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    1. Feb 2006 is current in all categories. You should check with your attorney.

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  14. My PD is july 20, 2016 and my priority date is current on august, 2018 VB, but have not received interview letter. Can I still received it for September

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    1. Yes - you can still receive it in Nov.

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  15. Hello. My pd is oct 2017 eb3 philippines. Do you think it will be current by early next year? Thanks!

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  16. And when do u think it will be current in table 2? Thanks!

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