The Department of State (DOS) has issued its November 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were nearly no advancements for any priority dates except for EB-2 China and EB-3 Philippines.

EB-1-Worldwide:

China:                      Priority date of June 1, 2016 (No advancement)

India:                       Priority date of June 1, 2016 (No advancement)

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras: April 1, 2017 (No advancement)

Mexico:                   Priority date of April 1, 2017 (No advancement)

Philippines:             Priority date of April 1, 2017 (No advancement)

Vietnam:                 Priority date of April 1, 2017 (No advancement)

Other areas:           Priority date of April 1, 2017 (No advancement)

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

China:                      Priority date of May 15, 2015 (Advancement of 821 days)

India:                       Priority date of March 26, 2009 (No advancement)

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

China:                      Priority date of June 1, 2015 (No advancement)

India:                        Priority date of January 1, 2009 (No advancement)

Philippines:             Priority date of June 8, 2017 (Advancement of 7 days)

 

USCIS ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS DATES

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 November 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 November 2018.  The dates listed above are the Application Final Action Dates.

Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim

There is no November 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.