Jul 30 2018

August 2018 Visa Bulletin

Department of State released the August 2018 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.

Note: USCIS has designated the Final Actions Dates chart for employment-based adjustment of status applications within the U.S. for August 2018.

Below are some key changes for the employment-based preference categories this month:

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases:

  • EB1 for China and India remain at 01/01/2012. All other EB1 have retrogressed from current date to 05/01/2016.
  • EB2 China moved forward two months from 01/01/2015 to 03/01/2015. EB2 India remains at 03/15/2009. All other EB2 remain current.
  • EB3 China moved forward 18 months from 01/01/2013 to 07/01/2014. EB3 India moved forward two months from 11/01/2008 to 01/01/2009. EB3 Philippines moved forward six months from 01/01/2017 to 06/01/2017. All other EB3 remain current.
  • EB5 China remains at 08/01/2014. All other EB5 remain current.

Additionally, the National Visa Center has seen an increase in employment-based immigrant visa cases for consular processing following USCIS’s 2017 decision to interview all employment-based adjustment of status applicants. Through June, consular use of employment-based numbers increased by more than 4,000, compared to the same period in FY 2017. Consular processing has increased 40 percent for EB-1 cases with a similar increase for EB-3.

Updated 07/30/2018