August 2018 Visa Bulletin: Some Movement in EB3, EB1 Retrogresses

This morning, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the August 2018 Visa Bulletin. The employment-based, third preference (EB3) category advance a bit for India, and surges forward for China. Meanwhile, a cutoff date is instituted in the employment-based, first preference (EB1) category for all countries of chargeability.

EB1 Category

The cutoff date for EB1 India and China remains stuck at January 1, 2012. For all other countries of chargeability, EB1 retrogresses from current to a May 1, 2016 cutoff date. The EB1 category is expected to return to being current on October 1, 2018, the first day of fiscal year 2019.

Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB2) Category

EB2 India holds fast with a March 15, 2009 cutoff date. EB2 China sees advancement by two months, to March 1, 2015.

EB3 Category

For people born in India, the EB3 cutoff date advances by two months, to January 1, 2009. The news is far better for China, which sees the EB3 cutoff date leap ahead by about 18 months, to July 1, 2014.

Employment-Based, Fifth Preference (EB5) Category

The EB5 category remains current for all countries of chargeability, with the exception of China and Vietnam. The cutoff date for these two countries remains at August 1, 2014.


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