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Visa Bulletin for January 2019

Application Final Action Dates For Employment-Based Preference Cases

Employment based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed China: mainland born El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras India Mexico Philippines Vietnam
1st 01OCT17 15DEC16 01OCT17 15DEC16 01OCT17 01OCT17 01OCT17
2nd C 01AUG15 C 01APR09 C C C
3rd C 08JUN15 C 01MAR09 C 01MAR09 C
Other Workers C 01JUL07 C 01MAR09 C 22JUN17 C
4th C C 22FEB16 C 15APR17 C C
Certain Religious Workers U U U U U U U
5th Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) C 01SEP14 C C C C 01JUN16
5th Regionalm Center (I5 and R5) U U U U U U U


Dates For Filing Of Employment-Based Visa Applications

Employment based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed China: mainland born El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras India Mexico Philippines
1st 01JUN18 01OCT17 01JUN18 01OCT17 01JUN18 01JUN18
2nd C 08SEP15 C 08SEP15 C C
3rd C 01JAN16 C 01APR10 C 01AUG17
Other Workers C 01JUN08 C 01APR10 C 01AUG17
4th C C 01MAY16 C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 01MAY16 C C C
5th Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) C 01OCT14 C C C C
5th Regional Center (I5 and R5) C 01OCT14 C C C C

First: Priority Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

Second: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.

Third: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to "*Other Workers".

Fourth: Certain Special Immigrants: 7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth: Employment Creation: 7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of Pub. L. 102-395.



Application Final Action Dates For Family-sponsored Preference Cases

Family Sponsored All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed China: mainland born India Mexico Philippines
F1 22AUG11 22AUG11 22AUG11 01AUG97 01MAR07
F2A 08NOV16 08NOV16 08NOV16 15OCT16 08NOV16
F2B 15MAR12 15MAR12 15MAR12 08JUN97 22JUN07
F3 15AUG06 15AUG06 15AUG06 22DEC95 22JUL95
F4 22MAY05 22MAY05 15JUN04 08FEB98 01SEP95


Dates For Filing Family-sponsored Visa Applications

Family Sponsored All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed China: mainland born India Mexico Philippines
F1 08MAR12 08MAR12 08MAR12 22AUG99 15FEB08
F2A 01DEC17 01DEC17 01DEC17 01DEC17 01DEC17
F2B 22MAR14 22MAR14 22MAR14 08SEP97 15DEC07
F3 08JAN07 08JAN07 08JAN07 01MAY00 01JUN97
F4 15MAY06 15MAY06 01JAN05 08OCT98 22APR97

First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens

Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents

A. (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents

B. (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents

Third: (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens

Fourth: (F4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens