November 2018 Visa Bulletin: Nearly No Movement

The November 2018 Visa Bulletin has been released, but the cutoff dates in the final action (FA) chart for the vast majority of employment-based categories remain unchanged from the October 2018 Visa Bulletin. There is absolutely no change in the dates for filing (DF) chart from last month.

Summary of Movement in Employment-Based Categories

In the employment-based categories, there is no movement in the first (EB1) or third (EB3) categories. The only movement in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category is that the cutoff date for China advances by six weeks, to May 15, 2015.

In the employment-based, fourth preference category (EB4), the cutoff date for Mexico advances by one month, to November 22, 2016. Meanwhile, in the employment-based, fifth preference (EB5) category, Vietnam’s cutoff date moves up by a month, to February 1, 2016. The only other change is that the EB4 category for certain religious workers and the EB5 category for regional center cases are no longer listed as unavailable. This is because the programs were yet again extended, this time until December 7, 2018.


The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has not yet announced whether the more favorable dates in the DF chart can be used in November. As soon as any additional updates or predictions are provided, the information will be posted on MurthyDotCom. Subscribe to the free MurthyBulletin to have future updates delivered to your inbox.


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