March 2018 Visa Bulletin: Movement Consistent with Predictions

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the March 2018 Visa Bulletin. The movement in the final action (FA) chart is in line with the short-term predictions made last month.

Overview of Movement in Employment-Based Categories

As expected, the employment-based, first preference (EB1) category remains current for all countries of chargeability.

India’s cutoff date in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category inches ahead by one week, to December 15, 2008. Meanwhile, EB2 China’s cutoff date advances by more than two months, to December 8, 2013.

In the employment-based, third preference (EB3) category, India’s cutoff date again advances by one month, to January 1, 2007. EB3 China pushes ahead by two months, to November 15, 2014. The cutoff date for EB3 Philippines advances by two months, to May 1, 2016.

The cutoff dates for the EB3 other workers category match those of the standard EB3 category for all countries, except China. EB3 other workers for China advances by one month, to March 1, 2007.

In the employment-based, fourth preference (EB4) category, the cutoff date remains current for all countries, except Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. EB4 Mexico’s cutoff date moves up by one week, to July 1, 2016. The cutoff date for the other three countries holds steady at December 1, 2015.

For the employment-based, fifth preference (EB5) category, the cutoff date for China remains stuck at July 22, 2014. EB5 remains current for all other countries of chargeability.


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